A report published in the UK today suggests that more men are giving up the battle for a better work-life balance. Almost half of fathers there fail to take up their right to two weeks' paternity leave.Click through for the whole thing.
Research published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission also reveals that two out of five men are afraid to ask for flexible working arrangements because they think it would harm their career prospects.
They fear their commitment to their job would be questioned and it would negatively affect their chance of promotion.
"While there have been huge changes in women's participation in employment over the last 30 years, men's contribution to childcare has not increased at the same rate," say the authors of the report.
It seems to me that until we give fathers access to many of the supportive provisions mothers can get then we'll continue to struggle to come to an equitable share of the child-rearing work. In my own situation if my partner wasn't keen to stay home then on days like today, when our son is sick, I guess it would be most often me who had to take the day off from my paid job.