Traditionally, the role of the care-giver has always been performed by the mother. However, as more women trickle into expanding their careers, co-parenting is now at the forefront. Dads are now changing a cliché narrative by staying home with their young ones.
How did Father’s Day come about?
Mother’s day is one of the most widely
celebrated holidays in the world. From television shows to music and coupons
for big bouquets, mums are showered with love and kisses on their day.
In 1910, a young woman named Sonora Dodd suggested holding a celebration called ‘Father’s Day.’ Inspired by her relationship with her own single parent William Jackson Smart, the idea quickly gained popularity. In 1972, this tiny spark burned with such fervor that President Nixon declared it a national D-Day i.e just for dads.
With all this buzz around fatherhood, it quickly came to notice that more fathers were choosing to remain at home. Children with positive relationships with father figures had better mental health, higher self-esteem and well-rounded family ties. Yet, although more fathers are opting to stay at home, it is not always financially feasible. As maternity leave gained precedence globally, the concept of paternity leave came under consideration.
What is Paternity Leave?
Much like its counter-part, Paternity Leave is an employee benefit where the father is given paid or unpaid time away from work to spend time with his newly born infant. It can comprise of a couple of days or a few weeks.
Did You Know?
The impact of having the father around during the first few months for a newborn is often downplayed. Implementing paternal leave can have positive social and psychological influences.
Let’s talk about India
According to a list by UNICEF, India is one of
192 countries that does not have a national policies warranting fathers get
paid time off work for child-care. Despite being a country with a high birth
rate, the focus on male care-givers is insignificant. However, this might
undergo a change according to the Paternity Benefit Bill. The Bill is a new
idea being proposed by policymakers that would allow fathers up to three months
of paid paternity leave.
It’s one step for India, a big leap for fatherhood.
Giving Fatherhood some Company
Despite not being national policy yet, the idea of paternity leave is not without takers. Companies are implementing paternity leave as part of their policy.
Some Issues with Paternity Leave
Although Paternity Leave has many pros, it can hit a few snags despite being implemented.
As Wade Boggs said:
“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me.”
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