My dad, the stay-home parent

Studies in recent years support the positive impact of working mums and the family dynamics of stay-at-home dads, but an expert says the new role has its own set of challenges

First-time mother and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned to work earlier this month after six weeks of maternity leave, leaving her partner Clarke Gayford to become the main caregiver for their daughter.

Since the recent announcement that Mr Gayford is going to be a stay-at-home dad, the spotlight has been shone on men who take on this non-traditional parenting role.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 12, 2018, with the headline 'My dad, the stay-home parent'. Subscribe