I'm bit late in blogging my outrage at HoS piece on Mother's Choice but better late then never.
The gist of the article is about the politics of mothers deciding when is a good time to go back to the workplace. To give the writer some snaps, she did take a very non-judgmental angle to what is a highly judgmental topic.
But there was one clear omission from the story - fathers. Why is taking time off for the birth of a child still seen as purely a woman's choice? Ok I'm a tad biased. My parents were these crazy liberals types who had no problem with Dad looking after me as a baby, doing the school run and accompanying his children on trips. Yes that made our family a bit freakish insofar as Dad was the only father who did so. But it worked out well for our family and my teachers often commented on how wonderful it was to have a Dad to help out with the school stuff for the first time ever.
I get that for 9 months post conception males largely are in a supportive role as far as baby caring goes and that some mothers might actually need some physical and mental time off from pregnancy and that whole birthing thing. But I'm sure my Dad isn't alone and there are other fathers out there taking time out from work to care for babies or volunteering to help on school trips.
How about some coverage pretty please? After all these children weren't conceived by magic pixies.