Working mothers are often asked how they “balance it all,” but what about working fathers? One dad's departure from corporate life to focus on fatherhood is getting a lot of attention.


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Today, the "Outnumbered" panel discussed Max Schireson, the (now former) CEO of a billion dollar software company who wrote a blog post titled "Why I am leaving the best job I ever had."

Schireson said he was often asked about business, his favorite music and what kind of car he drives. But the 44-year-old father of three said he was never asked about being a dad and a husband.

The panel saluted Schireson's unconventional decision to leave the corporate rat race and spend more time with his kids.

Jedediah Bila agreed that CEOs who are mothers are commonly asked by the media about how they balance work with family life or how they can be both a good parent and a good leader, whereas CEOs who are fathers are not asked those questions. Everyone has to make difficult decisions, she said.

Today's #oneluckyguy, Dean Cain, himself a single father, stated, “It’s so important to be involved in your children’s lives.”

He noted that he completely changes his work schedule and turns down television or film jobs that are not based in New York or Los Angeles so that he can spend time with his son.

Sandra Smith brought up the important fact that both Cain and Schireson have the financial freedom to do this, while many fathers do not.

Cain agreed and pointed out, “I turned down, for example, what would have been an extremely lucrative television contract because I would have had to move, and that would have been a problem.”

For him, the priority is his son. “I’m blessed to have him," Cain said. "He’s the light of my life.”

Watch the discussion above.


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