Brent Almond with his 4-year-old son, Jon. Almond began blogging several years ago to review kids' products, but soon found that he got more satisfaction from chronicling daily life as a father. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Kumar Chandran and Elanor Starmer with their son, Kailas Chandran. The couple's friends are envious of Chandran's paid paternity leave. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Brittiny Spears, 26, is not with the father of her daughter, Zykeiria, 4. "He just still wanted to go out and party and be a little boy," Spears says. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va., closed last year, but recently struck a deal to lease campus buildings to the federal government. The rent would allow the college to remain open — though not for education — and would provide funds to cut grass, staff guards, issue transcripts and allow the college to find a buyer. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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New York Mets' Daniel Murphy slides to score in a game against San Francisco on Sunday. Murphy, who spoke at a White House discussion on Monday, was heavily criticized earlier this year for missing the first two games of the season to be on hand for the birth of his son. Ben Margot/AP hide caption

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The U.S. tax code, which dates back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet, works against dual-income spouses. In some cases, it's cheaper for one spouse to stay home. Sherry Yates/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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