@jatta Sweden has done a lot of research on this. You might find some free journal articles or govt papers. They support parents to have paid leave for many years because they believe the link is causal.
@laura__palmer LOL I don't understand how this can possibly be true. When I did not work I was home whenever my children were with very few exceptions. Now that I work full time they are here at least three hours for five days out of seven without me. How would the math work out? You'd have to be a sahp that was out all the time without your kids!
@cat not what the research says. I'm not an apologist, I'm a pragmatist.
@cat again we seem to read and access very different literature. How do you know that there is no support for my "sweeping unsupported assertion" that "we should entertain the possibility that parents working full time may be a contributing factor" to poor teen mental health? A quick search of google scholar gives me quite a good picture that I am right and that does not even include the reading I did on child and adolescent mental health for my masters degree.
@cat I did not mean to exclude mothers who didn't give birth and I apologise sincerely for anyone who read my comment in that way.
@laura__palmer says who? It makes no sense to discount without any consideration a documented socio-cultural phenomenon (significant increase in two parents working full time) that could easily contribute to a social issue. Especially if they coincide.
@backyardmasterchef how do you explain the astronomical numbers of child and teen anxiety? Given the disaster of mental health care it is disingenuous to not at least entertain the possibility that parents working full time may be a contributing factor.
@bronte2021 what is a mother if this role is unrelated to biology? And if mothering is not connected to a biological role why do we have a word for it? I personally think mothers and fathers are different and suspect that biology is somewhere in the mix of why and how but am interested in understanding why others think differently.
@jatta the children who benefit most from child care are statistically those from low socioeconomic backgrounds and parents with low social capital. The children who statistically do better staying home are the middle and upper socio-economic class. We have the worst of both worlds as those who would benefit tend to be home and those who benefit from being home tend to be in childcare.
@rush it's a hangover from Victorian times. Almost exclusive to Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries to have such a young start age.
@daijobou my comment above was an example I made up in my head to illustrate my point about language.
I would have thought that out of being pregnant and bringing up children the latter would have a far greater impact on your career - it's much harder to outsource the parenting part as it goes on for so long!
@cat These comments don't let you show links, sorry.
@daijobou I guess that it depends on how significant and how powerful you consider language to be. As an English teacher I lean towards words not only having meaning but creating meaning. Removing or revising sex-specific words from the public space (in formal medical advice, govt policy and so on) is not solely a mechanical exercise and has broader implications than inclusion.
Not what I was expecting to read.
Secondly, unless you are currently checking the genitals of the doctors you see or running DNA tests on them to make sure they are "biologically female", you have been judging them on their gender presentation, not their sex. Which means it will be completely the same if you ever get a transwoman as a carer (you may already have had dozens).
@cat yes. Case in England recently. Parents of a disabled girl fought against the rule for "cross gender care" and won - for their own child. However that family had money and time to bring that case. Many others have no choice. Another case continues regarding the official recording of patients by gender rather than sex and the implications. Google it :)
@daijobou it's in the recent Vic health breastfeeding info (if you consider a certain website a reliable source)
@mb1111 men never/ rarely seem to dress in see through fabrics - maybe that's the true last bastion.