Mark Zuckerberg Urging Families to #LeanInTogether Is a Relief for All Moms

mark zuckerbergMark Zuckerberg made it clear that he believes in paternity leave when he took two months off from his position as Facebook CEO after the birth of his daughter Max earlier this year, and he continued to remind us that family is his first priority this week when he posted an adorable photo of himself feeding the baby girl with the caption: "Most important meeting of the day. #LeanInTogether"

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First of all, the pic is just ridiculously cute -- check it out:

Most important meeting of the day. #LeanInTogether

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Awwww! Adorable ... but also important. Because this is so much more than just a sweet shot of a dad and baby spending some quality time together -- it's also a powerful statement on the importance of men getting the much-needed opportunity to achieve true work-life balance.

It's something more and more high-profile fathers are speaking out about, including Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche, who recently walked away from a $13 million contract because the team's president banned his 14-year-old son from the clubhouse.

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In fact, the need for paternity leave and policies encouraging work-life balance for fathers has inspired Lean In to start a new campaign, Lean In Together. As Sheryl Sandberg explained it in a post on Thursday:

#LeanInTogether celebrates the important role men play in creating an equal world.

Reaching equality is not just good for women -- it is good for men as well. Children with active fathers are healthier, happier, and more successful. Men who are 50/50 partners have stronger marriages. And diverse teams at work produce better results.

Yes!! None of this should come as a surprise to anyone. And as a mother and wife, I appreciate that the #LeanInTogether concept is taking some of the incredible pressure off of women's shoulders. While "leaning in" might be good advice for women professionally, it's also sort of an awful lot to ask of us on a daily basis in every sphere of our lives -- particularly if we're made to feel like we're doing it all on our own. Leaning in together is a completely different story, however -- a story of teamwork and support instead of isolation and exhaustion. Ultimately, it's a story of sustainable success.

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And if there's anyone who knows something about sustained success, it's Mark Zuckerberg. Which is why it's a big deal that he's using his platform to talk about the well-being of families -- because people might actually listen. Now that's social networking at its best!


Image via Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

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