23 Aug '12, 11pm
Men want to play a bigger role in parenting, but they need more support from their employers as well as the Government
Men want to play a bigger role in parenting, but they need more support from their employers as well as the Government. Among other things, they would like to see paternity leave made mandatory, more flexible work hours and housing costs lowered, they said at a men-only dialogue on marriage and parenthood on Thursday. They called on employers to offer more flexi-work arrangements and more childcare leave benefits, saying this would make it easier for them to fulfil their aspirations as modern fathers who not only provided for the family but also took an active role in raising their children. "Taking care of the child is both parents' job," said one participant. "But how many employers recognise that?"