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.

Tips:

Live a balanced life

Be conscious of how the jobs you take effect the wellbeing of your family.

Activities:

Build a cubby house in your lounge room

Grab spare sheets and other linen plus any available chairs to construct a tent cubby in your lounge room.