Almost half of men fail to take their meagre paternity leave. We have to change the cultural stigma
Because when men do shake off the cultural chain that binds them to the office – and their breadwinner role – they can be wonderful full-time fathers. One couple I know in north London, who have a 10-month-old son, have switched roles with great success.
Lost your job, dear? I'll bring home the bacon... just don't expect our marriage to survive
In situations like these, the power balance in the family shifts as the roles are reversed.
When a husband becomes financially dependent on his wife, it often leaves her feeling resentful. Men, meanwhile, feel emasculated and powerless, which leaves them depressed and lacking in self-esteem.
'If I'm honest, I've lost all respect for him.'