Crucial care for children
Steve Biddulph, the author of Raising Boys, The Secret of Happy Children, Stories of Manhood and other books shares his opinion…
The research is now undeniable that babies and younger toddlers do not thrive in child care. Yet the business world does not want young parents to have time off work.
Paid maternity leave of at least a year, and paid paternity leave of about a month, are rights that the ACTU, leading women’s groups, and all significant child development specialists say are needed to help Australian families get a healthy start.
The finance sector has widely granted these rights, and reaps benefits in staff loyalty and the smooth re-employment of skilled women staff when their children go to preschool and kinder.
The retail, manufacturing and service industries are entirely different — blue-collar mothers or fathers wanting to parent their little ones properly face losing their jobs or significantly harming their ability to afford housing.
Addressing this pincer movement — house unaffordability (itself fuelled by the rise of double income families willing to outbid all others) and the wish to love and care for one’s own baby at home — is perhaps the key issue that families face this election.
How are you handling child care?
Either as an employer or as a participant in work
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