Co-sleeping, attachment parenting, when to wean, milk or formula. New parents have enough controversy to deal with once they welcome their children into the world. And judging by the recent changes in shared parental leave, they could be in for even more conflict with some industry experts suggesting an adverse effect on small businesses.
What to expect
Just as parents are preparing to be flexible awaiting the arrival of their newborn, businesses are supposedly doing so too. But will it just be new mothers and fathers losing sleep or will it send a shockwave of panic through the entire infrastructure?
The government’s aim when introducing the new rule in April 2015 on letting parents share leave for a year after a child is born is supposed to ‘challenge the old-fashioned assumption that women will always be the parent that stays at home’ with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg branding the current system as ‘Edwardian’.