If each parent has solo parental leave then life is better for everyone involved? Should we legislate to improve parental relationships by forcing fathers to take parental leave? There’s evidence that it is beneficial to the child/children and to the relationships between the mother and father – but is it detrimental to two careers rather than just one? Professor Margaret O’Brien and Professor Karin Wall … Continue reading How would long-term paternity leave affect gender roles?
When it comes to parenting, mothers are still stereotypically seen as the dominant force in the family, in charge of everything from dinner to more serious decisions. Regardless of how involved a dad might be in helping to raise his children, society still wrongly sees men as the lesser parental counterpart. But the fact is that the role of fathers has changed: they are no … Continue reading How to help vulnerable dads be better fathers
Men may not be from Mars, but – compared to women – they do communicate in very different ways. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the relationships of fathers and sons. Outwardly, many father and son pairs may appear distant and disengaged. A guy who wouldn’t think twice about hugging and kissing his mom might offer his father only a stilted handshake. Dads … Continue reading The understated affection of fathers
You were warned it would be like this. You can’t say you weren’t warned. I mean, no-one told you it was going to be exactly like this because surely no one could be experiencing this exact set of emotions right now, but you were warned that you should at least expect to feel something along these lines. This could apply to that first moment you hold your … Continue reading Welcome to fatherhood