Children whose fathers take even short spells of paternity leave do better, according to a review by the OECD which examined longitudinal studies of children born around the turn of the century in America, Australia, Britain and Denmark.
"Yet evidence is mounting that having a working mother has some economic, educational and social benefits for children of both sexes. That is not to say that children do not also benefit when their parents spend more time with them -- they do. But we make trade-offs in how we spend our time, and research shows that children of working parents also accrue benefits."
Among women in the United States, postgraduate education and motherhood are increasingly going hand-in-hand. The share of highly educated women who are remaining childless into their mid-40s has fallen significantly over the past two decades.
With companies such as Microsoft recruiting young adults with autism, ensuring that parents are armed with the information and strategies necessary to help prepare their children for what happens after graduation - whether college or employment - is key. Many do not know what to do, when, or how and data reflected in the attached support the fact that helping parents to help their children must be a priority. Why? Because your company will be recruiting these capable young adults too and you'll want them to have the skills necessary to succeed.
Parents across the country at every income level and from every ethnic background try every day to realize the American Dream by providing for their children. But, all too often, as headlines attest, parents are forced to choose between providing cash and care.
The federal government's support of fatherhood initiatives raises a wide array of issues. This report briefly examines the role of the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agency in fatherhood programs and discusses initiatives to promote and support father-child interaction outside the parents' relationship.