“The norm now in the UK is that we have working families but we don’t have a society that supports that.”
Can a primary caring responsibility be equally shared between mothers and fathers?
Our guest today is Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology at Oxford Brookes University and an expert in caring.
Professor Miller shares how the responsibility for orchestrating the care of children often falls to mothers, and how, over time, this pattern becomes etched into the very fabric of family life.
We discuss how primary caring responsibilities can be shared more equally between mums and dads (in heteronormative households), including examining:
- Contradictions we face as working parents
- Dealing with the mental load
- Problems around shared parental leave
- Guilt and expectations
- What a healthy working environment could look like so both men and women could care
- Letting go so that fathers can take on more responsibility
We hope you enjoy the conversation.