This Mother’s Day Week, Here’s What Many Mothers Really Want

Share the workload at home.

I received an email from my son’s school letter today, which had put a call out to dads to volunteer as class reps and the need to model a more gender-balanced family structure for our boys, especially in an all-boys prep school. The principal highlighted that given that most parents have demanding jobs, we have to be very careful about any underlying message we send to our pupils about how our gender may affect our societal roles. I found it very encouraging to see a school head eager to explore creative solutions with the PA, to see how we can encourage more fathers to be involved in this part of PA life. More of this please?

Improve parental leave benefits at work.

Managing home responsibilities has traditionally been a woman’s job; thus, there is an expectation that career women will flex their schedule and realign commitments because that is what society dictates. Introducing non-transferable rights that enable both parents to take leave in the first year of their child’s birth is a vital gender equality measure that improves father-child relationships.

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