More Dads Go Part-Time At Work To Spend More Time With Their Kids

Men want to be more hands-on dads
22 November 2015

Would it surprise you to learn that more than a million dads opt to work part time so they can spend more time with their children, which means fewer fathers are now the sole bread-winner at home?

That's according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

The Daily Mail reports that the number of dads combining their careers with family commitments in this way has "more than tripled since 1992".

At the same time, recent estimates suggested that 45% of new dads didn't take paternity leave because the rate of pay on offer causes too many financial pressures when household income is already stretched.

Nonetheless, this data doesn't surprise me - but then my husband opted to take extended paternity leave following the birth of our third child so that he could spend more time with our daughter, and I could get back to running my business which would have seriously suffered if I'd take a full year off on maternity leave.

It worked brilliantly for us - I loved being able to stick my toe in the water of working motherhood again, and since I work from home I was able to keep feeding my daughter in between stints in my office, and we had some really lovely moments of family togetherness during those days. The only drawback was that shared parental leave was such a financial stretch but if my husband could afford to reduce his hours to part-time in order to be a more hands-on dad, I have no doubt that he'd jump at the chance.

And I'd love it too but I know a fair few mums who don't share my perspective and who even confess to feeling that childcare is 'their' domain to the extent that they'd feel a bit miffed if their partner suggested cutting his hours in order to help out at home.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this story. Has your other half (or have you, for the dads reading…) considered giving up work in order to spend more time bringing up the baby?

And if not, how would you feel if your partner wanted to work part-time in order to take a more hands-on role with childcare?

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1 comment

  • Tatooinechick

    I went back to work after 8 weeks off with baby number one and 6 weeks off with baby number 2. I expressed milk for both for a full year so that they would not miss out. My husband quit his job to be the stay at home parent as I knew that I would go mental being around children all day. It has worked well for us although occassionally I wish I could win the lottery and get to stay at home too!

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