I love this time of year. My inbox is flooded with emails about surveys, research and gift ideas for fathers. I think my favorite part of the inundation is knowing that at least once a year, working fathers issues are getting attention.
For example, one email I received addressed offered me the opportunity to interview Paternity Leave pioneer, Dr. Jerry Cammarata, Dean of Student Affairs at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, who filed and won the first-ever Paternity Leave lawsuit against the NYC Board of Education in 1983. Cammarata believes the Family Medical Leave Act must immediately be amended to allow every father in all 50 states to be encouraged to take advantage of paternity leave.
Another email wants to make me aware of new research on fathers. A University of Missouri researcher has found that fathers and mothers are happier when they share household and child-rearing responsibilities. Along those lines, there's an article link that made its way into my inbox. The article by the Associated Press is titled: The new dads: Diaper duty's just the start. It says more men are doing more around the house, from packing school lunches and doing laundry to getting up in the middle of the night with a screaming infant.
An then there's, Break Media's New Face of Fatherhood. An info-graphic that breaks down the results of a survey on dads. Key insights: 33 percent of Dads want to spend more time with their kids this Father’s Day.
And, if you're shopping for Father's Day, this link is sure to be a winner: 10 Worst Father's Day Gifts and What to Do Instead
To all the hard working dads out there, Happy Father's Day!