IF anything, Fathers Day highlighted the positives from involved dads and the fact that fatherhood is a daily and long-term responsibility.
Bonding is enhanced when fathers are present to care for their child.
Ideally, shared responsibilities with mothers should also be encouraged as it will have a positive and lifelong impact for the child, family and by extension, society.
Confucius’ observation that “the strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home” cannot be overstated. Hence, if there is “no leadership more important than parenthood”, it is imperative to have a comprehensive parental leave scheme not only for mothers but fathers as well.
In Finland, parental leave equality has fathers spending more time with their school-age children.
With fathers playing a crucial role in child development, Finland’s children are among the top in the world for educational achievement.
According to research, fathers often experience distress and anxiety from conflict between work and family responsibilities.
Children also suffer, being more likely to face social and emotional negatives, including an inability to relate to their peers and lower self-esteem.
Parental leave equality makes sense given that globally, paternity leave can benefit the child, mother, father, economy and society.
SZE LOONG STEVE NGEOW
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