The Man-Child podcast: Daddy daycare

  • 25/09/2019

If we lived in Japan or Korea, new fathers would get a year's paid parental leave. In New Zealand, new dads get two weeks. Unpaid.

According to the OECD, the average paid leave entitlement for fathers around the world is eight weeks so it's no surprise that Kiwi women still do the vast bulk of parenting.

However, there are some men bucking the trend.

In Man-Child episode five - Daddy daycare - journalist Mike Wesley-Smith talks to two full-time dads, Patrick and Luke.


Considering in the past year 31,000 Kiwi mums took paid leave to stay home with their babies, compared with just 444 men - Patrick and Luke are a rare breed.

They both say being a dad is the best job they ever had, but full-time parenting is not without challenges.

Join Mike on his journey into fatherhood.

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