Why a Husband Put His Wife's Career Ahead of His

Andrew Moravcsik, the husband of former Princeton dean and diplomat Anne-Marie Slaughter, is explaining why his wife's career always came before his.
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this morning's hot button, that struggle for work/life balance. You might remember the story of a high government official who wrote that women can't have it all in "The atlantic." Now her husband is having his say in a new essay explaining why he put her career ahead of his. David Wright has the story. Reporter: It's rarely said that behind every successful woman is a strong, wise and hard-working man. Rarely said because, let's face it, in our society, it's usually the other way around. Only in 4% of the families do you see men taking the job of a lead parent. Reporter: Andrew moravscik served as years for lead parent at home while his wife's career came first. She's anne-marie slaughter, think tank president. All for the chance to be one of Hillary Clinton's deputies at the state department. This was my moment to lean in. Reporter: Until she famously turned the job down reclaiming her work/life balance with a controversial article in "The atlantic." She wrote, it's time to stop fooling ourselves because women can't have it all. We have to value family. Every bit as much as we value work. Reporter: Now her better half is taking to the same magazine to describe what it was like for him as the primary caregiver. Nobody can have it all. Reporter: He describes the frustration of the being the stay at home dad in a society that still overwhelmingly believes that's women's work. Nothing quiets a dinner party conversation more quickly he writes than a chance mention of the fact that my wife outearns me. Half of mothers say they do more work on the home front than their spouses and a recent pew survey found one-third of adults believe it's best if women do not work outside the home at all. He says for him, taking the lead at home was the right choice. Overall I'm happy with the balance that I've struck and studies show a lot of men would be happier if they chose a balance less directed toward work. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Itay not bobvious T, but one of these kids is going to change the world. We don't know who it is, jusweed tt urmao E ss shheatha. N sds Weome to Wdows 10. The fututart sw S foalof ul and more and more guys say, you know what, I feel comfortable with this. I'm okay -- I'm okay with it but a lot of guys are. You guys, why don't you just take it away? I know. I feel like -- No, you know what, it's really personal for every single couple and they have to find balance. I'll say it over and over again. It's about balance, balance, balance and what gives you your self-esteem, what makes you feel like you're connected to your kids, what makes you, you know, go really you have to make sure it's in balance. Ericka, what do you think? Well, you know, for 2 million stay at home dads in this country there's a hurdle to get over accepting that. That's Normal and typical and that's actually a good thing and a lot of dads say that they feel uncomfortable and kind of left out when they are the stay at home dad. They don't fit in with the other moms. There are a few things they can do and feel more comfortable. Join the conversation with moms. We love to bond over the highs and lows. Dads share that experience now so they should join the conversation. Number two, they should volunteer to be a part of the school. Just because you don't fit into a mom clique doesn't mean you can't have your voice heard and be in there and be a part of what your child's everyday life is like and, you know, also be the example. I love what Andrew said. It's the new Normal. Yes. And be the example. Show that dads can be nurturing and caring and fill in -- not fill in, be the lead parent. Andrew, what did you think of this, 42% of Americans still view the ideal family as one in which dad works full time, mom works part time maybe, half prefer she not work at all. Andrew, what do you think about that? I think that you're doing a great job. I love your career but it's true. I was just talking to George, the traditional thing works for many reasons because women are really good at it, they're nurturers and organized and guys want to go out and conquer the world but there's going to be situations where it gets reversed. It's just the reality. It's also fluid. It can be fluid in a lot of families. Times when one parent at thes up. You don't want to have guilt. Ali, she's a rock star. You don't want to have guilt and looking back you want to say we sacrificed, we exchanged, I had the nurturing thing. It's more about figuring out that balance. So good for kids. Yeah. Great, guys. Thanks. To robin. What my mom said, you can have it all just not all at the

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