Monocolumn: Left Holding The Baby

Monocolumn: Left Holding The Baby
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Until the 1970s, paternity leave was all but non-existent in Sweden. A general parental leave replaced maternity leave in 1974, but that year, only 562 brave dads took the chance to stay at home.

Monocle
  • 7 september 2010

Monocolumn- Left Holding The Baby

Monocolumn is Monocle’s daily bulletin of news and opinion. Catch up with previous editions here.

I recently got back to work after having a baby in March. But while I’m typing on my laptop to earn money for food and toys (as one two-year-old relative put it), my little son is not taken care of by a nanny. He is with his father, who’s now taking time off his work as an architect for at least six months. A male friend of mine, an art designer, just finished his six months of paternity leave and at my daughter’s day care centre, a teacher-dad has stayed at home for a full year. In Sweden, tables have turned and these days, men have to do some explaining if they take no paternity leave at all.

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