Up to now, the declining birth rate has become a global crisis, and every country has introduced comprehensive social system to encourage fertility. In Taiwan, in addition to applying for parenting leave without pay, the parental allowance distributed in 2009 has made the number of applicants doubled. Regardless of the improvement of fertility, the parental allowance makes those who want to take care of their own children have a personal financial level of support. Participants of this research was a public junior high school teacher couple. Due to having consistent values and beliefs, they took turns applying for parenting leave without pay and made a decision to take care of their own children.
The qualitative study was conducted by means of a semi-structured interviews to explore the motivation of taking turns applying for parenting leave, experience of the process, and interactive coparenting experience of the public junior high school teacher couple. The results of this study are summarized as follows:
I. Parenting Leave without Pay
1. Mutual support between the couple, Sean and Beville, was the power of constant persistence, and never did they mind the unfriendly attitudes from the outside world.
2. The research not only broke the perspectives on gender myth, but also provided another thinking and reference for those who plan to apply for parenting leave.
3. In the modern society with declining birth rate, it is necessary for parenting leave to exist. Definitely, related policy support from the government is required.
1.The participants, Sean and Beville, presented the behavior of couple concentric parenting, demonstrated the shared coparenting model, and displayed the concept of intensive parenting.
2.The life of parenting leave without pay is not merely educating children, but contains the sharing of household duties, which is not as easy as the imagination from the outside world.
3.In the coparenting model seemingly equal rights, although the couple apparently shared the household duties, actually gender differences did exist.
Finally, in terms of the conclusion, the study implied some suggestions to the authority concerned in the government.