Matt Lauer and paternity leave
On Wednesday morning, I watched the Today Show and saw Matt Lauer's on-air colleagues congratulating him on the birth of his new son, the couple's third child. Matt accepted the congratulations but downplayed it at the same time. I watched and wondered, "Why isn't he with his wife?"
I would love a man's perspective on this but from a women's point of view, I think paternity leave should be more than just a few hours off. (Matt took off Tuesday morning when his wife gave birth at 9:37 a.m.) But what kind of message does it send that this very public father is right back in his co-anchor chair less than 24-hours after his wife gave birth? I'm sure on Matt's $13 million annual salary, the couple has plenty of help at home. But there's nothing like a spouse for emotional support. Are men embarrassed to take paternity leave? Tell me your thoughts.