Borrowed with permission (Steve Turner) from ABC Life Matters show and re-released on Fired Up Dads Podcast.
Returning to work after the first part of your child’s life can be full of challenges.
It is hard enough for a parent to leave a child, but for the child left at home, then what?
Provocative new research suggests that the outcomes for girls and boys can be different when parents go back to work, in particular mothers. The big question is WHY?
How did your children experience you returning to work, and what did you do to manage that transition?
This Episode is borrowed with permission (Steve Turner) from ABC National Radio – Life Matters show with Natasha Mitchell. Part 1 of 2 Parts.
The show starts with some grabs from telephone calls the show received on the previous show which looked at parents raising children with autism. Some fascinating statements and insight into what has helped.
The show then turns to a new study ‘Mothers Employment and Children’s Educational Gender Gap’ which has been released which shows that when a mother returns to work children struggle but the impact is more profound on boys than it does on girls. The study also found that a fathers return to work has a negative impact on boys specifically.
The panel is:
Dr Xiaodong Fan
Research fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) in the University of New South Wales.
Professor Matthew Sanders
- Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland and Founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
Professor Marian Baird
- Professor of Employment Relations and Director of the Women Work Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School.
The episode also receives some great calls from mothers and fathers in support and against the study.
Producer: Georgia Power
Presenter: Natasha Mitchell