Here are a few comments about this book from an essay I wrote 20 years ago about my experience as a "househusband" and father raising young children about 40 years ago!
"One of the great, influential books which I read during that period was Arthur and Libby Colman's Earth Father, Sky Father. In their view, father in our traditional, patriarchal system, is a distant and awesome figure, like Zeus on his throne. His power is in the world. He is like a celebrity in his children's eyes. When he comes home after a day of great accomplishment, they are excited and thrilled by his presence. He is the "Sky Father." All the while, Mom's power, because it is so intimate and familiar, is taken for granted. It is part of the background.
"I learned two great, consoling things from this book. First, it is possible to be an "earth father." Men have an innately nourishing side. There is much support, surprisingly, in myth, for the image of a nourishing male. We have so relegated the soft, nesting virtues to the feminine in this culture that it is easy to miss this fascinating reality. One almost has to experience it to believe it. It was helpful to me to have this interpretation of my own experience."
"Second, I learned that the one who takes on the role of day-to-day nourisher, will necessarily be taken for granted, and become, so to speak, part of the background. This meant that if I truly wanted to become an earth father (rather than the traditional and distant Sky Father) I would have to willingly give up that heady celebrity status. Thanks to the Colmans' book, I decided to make that bargain consciously. I've never regretted that decision, but I still sometimes feel a melancholy longing for that lost heroic status."