"Spiegel" reports in its new issue. Parents needed more support in order to be able to combine work and family, said Katja Dörner, family policy spokeswoman for the group.
Serpil Midyatli, head of the SPD Schleswig-Holstein and federal vice-president, had previously called for this increase. However, the coalition had only agreed on five additional children's illness days per parent and ten for single parents. This means that there are currently 30 days of childhood illness for couples or single parents. That is not enough for Dörner. "Especially for working parents whose children are supposed to stay at home because of a cold or similar acute illnesses, more than half-hearted reforms are needed." Parents working from home should not be expected to look after sick offspring. The Greens want to start an initiative to call for more childhood illness days in the Bundestag. In addition, they want to have the currently valid 30 days of childhood illnesses permanently fixed. In the EU countries France and Sweden, workers are allowed to be absent much longer when their children are sick - in Sweden even 120 days a year.