I have been off for a while… And I’m really sorry about that.
As I mentioned in my last post, one of the most important factors in order to build a strong Father Daughter Relationship, is to spend time with our daughters.
Spending time with our daughters can be sometimes very hard… Especially because most fathers feel it’s their responsibility to support their family. This leaves very little time to bond with our daughters.
The good news is that since nowadays most women also work and we (the fathers) can spend more time at home and enjoy our daughters.
I spent Last weekend with a good friend from Norway. And we were talking about how much we both love spending time with our kids. Then I told him that I find it really hard to be with my kids because of my work schedule. And since my wife doesn’t work I find myself spending less and less time with my daughters and there’s nothing I can do about it.
To what he replied with an expression of amazement…
Later in the conversation I learned that in Norway, in order to get the full payment for the maternity leave (which is almost a full year of salary for the mother), the father has to take 3 months off of work and spend this time with the new member of the family.
This is amazing!
Think off it.
First the Norwegian government pays the mother’s salary for almost a year. Not only that they also ‘force’ the father to be an active part of the family… And the paid time the father is spending with the new baby is the same amount of time a mother can take off as an unpaid maternity leave in the USA!
So, I did some research in the wikipedia. It turns our that this is only one example of a country that give incentives to parents to spend time with their children.
I don’t want to get into the politics between socialist and capitalists countries. But I think there’s a very important lesson to be learned here.
Some times the things that are worth a lot, seem to be free but, in reality someone needs to pay for them.
The time we invest with our daughters is priceless, if you live in a country that pays for it… Good for you!
But, if you live somewhere else, you better get your wallet out… Because it’s worth it!