Family minister André Rouvoet is to start research into the problems fathers have combining their careers and caring for their children.
Rouvoet told Nos tv that a ‘cultural shift’ needs to be made at work, in the school playground and in board rooms to make sure fathers can spend more time with their families.
The research will look at the choices working fathers feel they have to make in terms of career opportunities in order to become more involved with their children.
The Netherlands still tends to see childcare as the primary task of mothers while fathers continue to work full time, the minister said. ‘The question is, is this what fathers who wish to see their children grow up and mothers who wish to develop professionally actually want?,’ Nos quoted Rouvoet as saying.
Last month, a survey by the government’s social policy unit SCP showed most Dutch couples are happy with the 1.5 income household set-up, whereby men work full time and women work fewer hours.
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