* Take their share of responsibility for their children's wellbeing and development.
* Spend time with them, be supportive and involved.
* Reconsider factors that drive fathers to work long hours, such as the desire for higher living standards.
* Accept and support their employees' commitments outside work.
* Allow flexible working hours and working from home where possible.
Social services should
* Communicate with fathers as well as mothers because both affect the child's development.
* Encourage fathers' involvement with their children from infancy.
* Give higher priority to marriage and committed relationships.
There are many criticisms that could be made regarding the way this compares with other statements from the Maxim Institute. We could point out that longer working hours are in many respects a result of the free-market economics that the Maxim Institute unequivocally champions. We could point out that they're recommending that parents put off buying a house, when home ownership is a standard level of independence and security in New Zealand, and that social programs which could make it easier to have the house and spend time with the kids would probably be opposed by the Maxim Institute. We could point out that some people can't afford a house or time with the kids, and that the Maxim Institute isn't likely to support helping those people, either.
But I just want to point out that this is a conservative think tank, here, looking at the research and deciding, not that mothers should go back to the home, but that fathers should meet them there. I just want to savour how far we've come.