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Children’s ombudsman puts working parents in their place. More time with children = lower divorce rate. Reidar Hjermann, the Children’s Ombudsman, says working parents must spend more time with their offspring. He wants Norwegian employers to take more responsibility and send their employees home when they work late. “If you’re a boss and see a toddler’s father working at eight o’clock in the evening, you should ask if it’s soon time for him to go home. If you either see or hear he’s late at work three days in a row, you should order him to go home,” he tells Vårt Land.

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Children’s ombudsman puts working parents in their place

Published on Wednesday, 21st April, 2010 at 11:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

More time with children = lower divorce rate.

Reidar Hjermann
Reidar Hjermann
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Time isn’t always money

Reidar Hjermann, the Children’s Ombudsman, says working parents must spend more time with their offspring. He wants Norwegian employers to take more responsibility and send their employees home when they work late.

“If you’re a boss and see a toddler’s father working at eight o’clock in the evening, you should ask if it’s soon time for him to go home. If you either see or hear he’s late at work three days in a row, you should order him to go home,” he tells Vårt Land.

He claims the problem is worst in professions where working late is well-rewarded or profit is important, citing lawyers and employees in the financial industry in particular.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

Long working hours can also have catastrophic effects on partners’ children. 10,235 couples in Norway got divorced last year, with a divorce rate of 41.3 percent in relation to the number of marriages.

The paper believes thousands of Norwegian children are scared of what will happen when their parents leave one another.

“An ever-increasing number of joint custody cases go to court. We live in a society where children are fought over in the same way as property. The stories from these types of proceedings are some of the most shocking I’ve ever heard,” says Hjermann.

The Ministry of Children has recently introduced a tougher child protection law, in an effort to clear up some of the arguments in this issue.

Hjermann says the ombudsman will be launching measures designed to help children and adolescents who are victims of a divorce.

“When parents come home, it’s important they have the energy for being with their children, rather than just falling straight into bed,” he says.



Published on Wednesday, 21st April, 2010 at 11:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: reidar, hjermann, childrens, ombudsman, parents, work, long, hours, divorce, time, home.





  
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