stealth parenting

stealth parenting
(STELTH payr.un.ting)
Performing childcare duties while pretending to be at a business meeting or other work-related function.
parent by stealth v.
Example Citation:
Dad's Army, a new study from the Work Foundation, published this week, exposes this corporate culture and the damage it does to families and the economy. It quotes one top male executive from a merchant bank cynically discussing a generous paternity leave scheme: "We're going to use it to weed out the losers." Not surprisingly, the study finds, a scheme offering five days paternity leave at another bank had not been taken up by a single employee. A leading UK headhunter is quoted as saying that whereas firms can be fairly accommodating to women with childcare responsibilities, it would be the "kiss of death" for a man to say he needed flexibility for this reason.
The result of all this hypocrisy is "stealth parenting" by fathers with any ambitions at work. They lie about "breakfast meetings" when they take their children to school and "client appointments" when they sneak out to look after a sick child.
— Jack O'Sullivan," Extinction can't come too soon for these dinosaurs," The Times, October 23, 2002
Earliest Citation:
Men are resorting to 'stealth parenting' — spending more time with their children, but inventing business meetings to cover absences from the office — for fear that admitting to childcare responsibilities damages their careers.
— Gaby Hinsliff, "New dads get raw deal from bosses," The Observer, October 20, 2002
The study mentioned above includes a section titled "Stealth Parenting," which discusses the ruses that some employees use to make it appear that they're working while they're really parenting. The report says that while some workers (mostly female) are comfortable playing the family card — begging off a late meeting or task at work because they have to do something with the kids — many (mostly men) won't do this because they fear reprisals from their bosses. Hence the need for stealth parenting. The phrase obviously hit a nerve, because within a few days of the report's release at least a half a dozen media outlets (mostly in Britain, where the Work Foundation is based) picked up on it.
Related Words: Categories:

New words. 2013.

Игры ⚽ Нужно сделать НИР?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • stealth parenting — n. employee pretending to be working or attending a meeting or other task while actually carrying out parents duties …   English contemporary dictionary

  • stealth bag — n. A bag or purse designed to disguise its cost, wearer, or contents. Example Citations: Designer bags now regularly cost a month s rent. They ve spawned their own jargon, from It bag and arm candy (both already passe) to the current stealth bag… …   New words

  • stealth wealth — n. A form of wealth in which a person s lifestyle and purchasing patterns do not reflect (or appear not to reflect) their socioeconomic status. Example Citation: Monday mornings will never be the same again. Now it will be even more impossible to …   New words

  • parallel parenting — n. A form of parenting in which a divorced couple assume or are assigned specific parental duties while minimizing or eliminating contact with each other. Example Citations: In the most high conflict cases, the arrangements are being called… …   New words

  • lifelong parenting — n. Taking care of one s adult children, especially those who show no desire to live on their own. Also: life long parenting. Example Citations: An increasing number of young adults are moving back into their parents homes after they have… …   New words

  • hyper-parenting — n. A child rearing style in which parents are intensely involved in managing, scheduling, and enriching all aspects of their children s lives. Also: hyperparenting. hyper parent v., n. hyper parental adj. Example Citations: We live in an age of… …   New words

  • Pregnancy and Parenting — afflufemza alpha mom arsenic hour askable parent baby lag belly cast bio mom birth art …   New words

  • financial parenting — n. Financial services and education offered to the children of wealthy parents. Example Citation: The newly minted multimillionaires of the Internet gold rush want more from their financial advisers than just estate planning they want help in… …   New words

  • arsenic hour — (AR.suh.nik owur) n. The time after parents arrive home from work and before dinner is served; any extremely hectic part of the day, especially when dealing with young children. Example Citation: It s almost dinnertime. Mom or Dad, or both, are… …   New words

  • askable parent — (ASK.uh.bul pair.unt) n. A parent who is willing to answer their child s questions and who encourages their child to ask questions, particularly about sex. Example Citation: Regardless of your position, one principle should guide every parent… …   New words

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”