I just read a great article at Forbes.com about paternity leave and it’s benefits for babies, dads, AND moms. I’m just curious… do you work with anyone who’s taken a full paternity leave? In my experience new dads usually take about a week of vacation and they make sure to tell everyone they’re using vacation days just to be sure everyone knows they’re not milking the system for paternity leave.
Wouldn’t it be cool for a dad to say with pride, “I am taking the full benefit of my paternity leave (or FMLA) because becoming a new dad is awesome and I don’t want to miss a moment of it.” I would venture to say that most new dads definitely feel that way but there are pressures (real or unspoken) to be at work or available for work 24/7. Especially if the new dad is anxious about being the provider, anything that might rock the boat at work doesn’t seem like a good idea right around the time you’re adding to your family and have another mouth to feed.
So, the pressure keeps some dads from taking time off for the new baby. Are there stereotypes about what dad will do while he’s at home? Like this promo photo from the classic 80’s movie “Mr. Mom” Who wants to be this guy?
I’m just guessing that dads out there would rather think they’ll look like this (I guess moms wouldn’t mind either!)
Personally, nothing is more handsome, manly, responsible, mature and EMPLOYABLE than a man who takes care of his family.
What do you think?