Thinking Aloud

Getting fathers more involved in parenting

Increasing paternity leave, like what 9 Swedish MNCs here have pledged, is a good place to start.

There are clear benefits when fathers are more involved in parenting from the get-go. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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SINGAPORE - When my first son was born in 2018, I took three weeks off work, including two weeks of government-paid paternity leave.

Those few weeks passed in a blur as my wife and I navigated the challenges of caring for our newborn. It was all so new, and at times rather overwhelming.

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