Paternity Leave is essential
I have talked about the importance of paternity leave. I have touched upon it on this blog but it is something that should be addressed, discussed and made part of companies cultures just like the importance of diversity.
We are at a tipping point. #MeToo opened a huge dam and the water has been pouring out ever since. Timing is a funny thing. Sometimes the time is right and other times it isn’t but there is no doubt on this one that the timing of #MeToo was a movement waiting to happen.
It has created other conversations around the importance of diversity in our companies. The realization that women should get the respect and equality that they deserve. After all, although men appear to be running the world, we all know that women do so now it is time to strut our stuff.
Let’s start with the facts. Women can have children and men can not. That does not mean that men can not take equal part in the responsibilities of caring for their children. It takes two and just like the importance of diversity in our companies, it is great to have diversity in the family dynamic. Each partner, man or woman, bring something else to the table when raising a family.
Yet when only one of them stays home for maternity/paternity leave, which is in most cases is the woman, then that sets up the dynamics of childcare right then and there. If both partners stay home for their leave regardless of who had the child, then the bonding, the understanding of responsibility, the love that just grows and wants you to be at every major event including the 4th grade awards ceremony becomes set in a stone without negotiation.
That is why if we truly want to change with the #MeToo in our companies we must also change what is going on in our homes.