extended paternity leave for fathers
May 28, 2010 9:51am CST
Here in the UK, if your baby is due after 6th April 2011, the parents can transfer parental leave. The mother has to take up to the first 20 weeks but after 20 weeks, the fathers will be able to take over and can take up to 26 weeks until the baby is 1. I think its a great idea. Men have been dealt the short straw for too long. In our relationship I earn more than my partner anyway, so it would make more sense for me to return to work and for him to take over the childcare. What do you think? Is parental leave mainly for mothers or do you think its a good idea that men get to take over and why?
• United States
29 May 10
I think if they want to take off time, they should be able to, however, I'm not sure about paying them to be off and if they AREN'T taking care of the child - ie: the child turns out to be in daycare while the wife is working, they should be punished, any pay they might've been getting cut off and they either return to work and pay back what they got or be fired for abuse of the system
29 May 10
Thats kind of an unfair statement to say, because in this country women can currently take up to 12 months off and many women I know who take the maximum do nothing all day anyway and COMPLETELY abuse the system because the law allows them to. I know so many blokes that would love to be at home with their kids, but are currently deprived of that right because for some reason, people still live in 1950 and think that women are the ONLY gender able to look after a child, which is just not the case. I know my OH would love to stay at home and teach/play games/enjoy our kids during those special first months.