Equal Sharing Down-Under
Equally shared parenting is a hot topic in Australia, as discussed in this excellent piece in the Sydney Morning Herald on 12/20. The author, Sacha Molitorisz, is a father of an 11-month old baby who recently took an extended paternity leave from work. He summarizes the high and low points of his stay-at-home dad duty, concluding that 'the more a father is around, the more he'll see, the more he'll bond' and 'it made me determined to spend as much time as I can at home. That means working from home when possible, and, in the future, it means that Jo [his wife] and I will try to share the breadwinning role.'
Sacha describes a paper released from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner 'arguing that men need to break free from the breadwinner model and start following the "mummy track"'. The Commissioner's paper says that primary breadwinning is physically, mentally and emotionally damaging to men, and gives them insufficient time for family and intimate relationships.
Finally, he describes data from Melbourne University's Key Centre for Women's Health in Society that links unsupportive dads and distressed mothers. And another author is quoted describing the equally important link between men doing more housework and having more sex. Just as I suspected.
It feels great to hear talk of equal parenting from across the globe.