for children, for families
mental health and wellbeing
at home and at work
Being a great parent is hard enough without stingy employers. As Year of the Dad approaches, DOUGLAS GUEST, father-of-three & head of programmes for FNS, explains why generous paternity should be standard.
NOTHING prepares you for parenthood and the vulnerability you will feel. The first weeks and hours are tough – the first years are tough! It is an emotional rollercoaster and employers that understand this are the ones who will ultimately be valued in society.
I am lucky: for most of my adult life, I’ve worked in the public and third sectors, which tend to have decent work-life balance policies. For my first child I worked for a national charity and had a week paid paternity and a week standard paternity leave. I took additional holidays.
In these times of increased restrictions, dark Scottish nights and winter chills we’re hoping to encourage folks to check-in with their buddies and ask how they’re doing. And what better way to celebrate International Tea Day on Tuesday 15th December than by having a #BrewWithYourBuddy?
We are offering online training, a dads' WhatsApp group, a free SMS support service for new parents, a Facebook group and DADx series of talks for dads' and families' workers, along with our directory and sign posting services. We have also developed a new resource for perinatal health professionals to support new dads through lockdown.
Our 2021 dads' survey shows why we must challenge the structures that stop dads engaging meaningfully with their children.
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