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(Parental leave policies have) also been tweaked to encourage a more equal sharing of the allowance. In 1995 the first so-called “daddy month” was introduced. Under this reform, families in which each parent took at least one month of leave received an additional month to add to their total allowance. The policy was expanded in 2002 so that if the mother and father each took at least two months’ leave, the family would get two extra months. Some politicians now want to go further, proposing that the current system of shared leave be turned into one of individual entitlements, under which mothers should be allowed to take only half of the family’s total allowance, with the rest reserved for fathers.

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Read this awhile back, but didn’t have the time to bring it to attention. I have such huge admiration for the Scandinavian countries! As much as I want children one day, the ability to share both the joys and responsibilities is something of great concern when considering where to live, when to have children, how to provide etc. Much to consider before that day comes.

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