involved dads are healthier and happier
fathers may want to stay home and raise their children, but it’s often not financially viable. a pew research centerstudyin the u.s. found that dads who work outside the home were just about as likely as moms to say they prefer to be home with their children (48 per cent of dads versus 52 per cent of moms).
globally, paternity leave can increase fathers’ involvement within families and this has benefits for the children, the co-parent, the father himself, the economy and society. when québec initiated a father leave, 85.8 per cent of new fathers took the five-week leave, whereas within the rest of canada, only 30 per cent of fathers participated in a shared parental leave.
various factors influence how much mothers will work outside the home and among these are expectations of the father’s work and role within the family. fathers with more traditional views of being the primary provider will often work longer hours which may lead to conflict regarding family and work.
when mothers and fathers are co-parenting as a couple in a family, mothers are often more comfortable leaving the children and returning to work when the father is actively engaged with the children and she trusts the father as a partner and caregiver.
parents have to decide what is best for their family. affordable and accessible child care is central to a family’s decision as to whether a parent will or will not work outside of the home.
more fathers staying home. most fathers (90 per cent) indicate that parenting is their greatest joy. fathers offer children unique and diverse experiences, and impact the child’s long-term development.
there has been a shift within canadian families, where more fathers are staying home with their children.
being an involved dad makes men happier and healthier and contributes to future generations of family involvement and gender equality: daughters are more likely to have greater career aspirations and their sons are more likely to become good life partners when dads are involved in their young children’s lives.