01/07/2015 02:26 pm ET Updated Jan 07, 2015

Why Some New Dads Feel Isolated

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Even during an age when traditional gender roles are being aggressively questioned, the notion of the goofy, hapless dad is still pretty entrenched in our cultural imagination. Moms are expected to be constant (and constantly nurturing) big-time problem solvers, while dads are seen as having a more peripheral role that can be broken down to discrete, practical tasks — someone's gotta teach the kid how to ride a bike, after all.

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