New dads: take paternity leave

A report in the Economist magazine (“The dad dividend”, May 16, 2015, p. 50) highlighted research showing that dads who took paternity leave when their children were born were more likely to be actively involved in parenting as their children grew older. Moreover, children of dads who took paternity leave seem to do better educationally, even in secondary school.

  • Take at least a week of paternity leave, if available.
  • Get involved in parenting your child from day one.


The SOCK Theory

It’s always easy to start a resolution, but if you don’t keep to it, you will not get better. SOCK means See a problem; Own that problem; make Changes; and Keep it up!


One-on-one time is important

Be flexible in your work practices and find time in your day to spend with your children.