If I’ve said once, I’ve said it a hundred times: fathers’ providing financially for their families is a form of childcare. How is it not? Earning the money for food, clothing, a roof over the child’s head, etc. provide obvious and necessary benefits for the child. Often enough, they also give Mom the opportunity to provide the direct hands-on care the child needs and Mom likely wants to give. And yet courts rarely consider fathers’ financial contributions when deciding who’s been the parent who deserves primary custody.
This article goes me one better (Quillette, 4/11/19). Its author, Belinda Brown, channels much of what Dr. Anna Machin said in her book The Life of Dad. But she goes on to make another salient point that neither I nor Machin have.