We all know how much difference it makes if mum AND dad can work flexibly. I had a difficult pregnancy with DS2, and DH’s boss was great about allowing him some flexibility when we needed it most. Business leaders and the Family and Parenting Institute are calling for more businesses to be father friendly in this article.
On the other side of the coin, over at Not Raising Brats there is an interesting post asking why women with kids earn less, but fathers salaries are not penalised. It is worth considering whether, if men demand more flexibility, they too will see employers making them pay in other ways. Many companies such as Starbucks are well known for offering flexible schedules so hopefully this trend will continue.