Paternity leave: parents respond

Three photos of a dad with his children as newborns. #ADadIsBorn

Since Labour announced their plans to increase paternity leave and pay a week ago, much has been written about the role of dads. Not all of it has been constructive and, in fact, there has been the odd unwarranted attack on dads, seemingly because there are some people out there who object to the prospect of us getting more time with our families.

Thankfully, there have been some great responses on blogs and social media and I thought it would be a good idea to group it all together in one neat bundle of topical debate. I’ve been meaning to get started on Storify for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. So, without further ado, here it is…

Update: July 2018

Sadly, Storify has now closed down and this content is no longer available. However, you may be interested in reading some of my more recent posts about society’s view of dads:

Why the ‘Share the joy’ parental leave campaign misses the point

Workplace culture needs to change to help men become better dads

Why we should finally call time on dad bashing


  1. Ben

    I think it’s great that we have the option of longer paternity leave now, but if you want to take it then most likely you’re going to need to save up to cover the salary shortfall. Don’t think we could have afforded for me to lose 3/4 of my salary for a month. But it would definitely have saved me taking so much holiday which is a good thing and those first few weeks are so important for baby and parents aren’t they?

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