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Can dads take care of babies?

 
Are South African dads responsible enough to share maternity leave with their partners?
Marlon Abrahams
By Marlon Abrahams

Pic: Jade Photography

Article originally in Parent24
According to Sky News, new British mothers will soon be allowed to share their maternity leave with their partners, and even grandparents could apply to take time off to look after their grandchildren.

The idea is apparently motivated by economic reasons (among others). "The (British) Government estimates around a million women are effectively locked out of employment because of problems balancing work and childcare."

What about South Africa?

Got me to thinking how it would be to introduce something similar in our beloved country given our exemplary record of good parenting not to mention the brilliant role of fathers. Yes I am being sarcastic.

Sure there are guys like you and me (who take the time to read sites like Parent24 to learn something) who are probably setting a good example. But let’s face it; we’re still a long way off from a utopia where the majority of men in this country can be trusted alone with a new born baby.

I would suspect that the biggest hurdle to overcome would be whether or not a new mother would return back to work two weeks after giving birth (as suggested in the report) and blissfully go about her business safe in the knowledge that the baby's daddy is actually taking care of it.

I wonder... how many women reading this would be comfortable with that scenario?

'Us boys are a simple breed'

But still, I am for it. As someone who’s been there and done that on my own, I know it can be done. Us boys really are a simple breed, all you need to do is show us how to do something and we can, or will.

Obviously the way to handle the teeny amount of doffies amongst us who won’t get it right is to threaten cruel and unusual punishment in the form of anything that works for you and your partner. These may include the withholding of sex until the baby is married, or introducing a new prohibition law whereby no more beer will be allowed in the house, or  the cancellation of the football or rugby channel. I’m sure you ladies will find an appropriate incentive to ensure that the daddies step up to the plate.

No doubt in the future this trend will probably find its way beyond the shores of England and, who knows, we might even see it become law here.

Read more by Marlon Abrahams

Jokes aside though, do you think this is a good move? Are we ready for it?

Disclaimer: The views of columnists published on Parent24 are their own and therefore do not necessarily represent the views of Parent24.
 
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