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Paternity leave – changing perception of fatherhood

Parenting style is one of the most important factors in determining a child’s development. And a child needs both of its parents equally. Often, fathers are blamed for being too strict or for not spending enough time with their children. But we overlook this fact. “A child needs its mother more” is so normalised that even society doesn’t feel the need to let the father take care of the child. Paternity leave is one of the most overlooked and underrated discussions. Due to obvious reasons, maternity leave is prioritised over paternity leave. The mother has physical recovery to do as well. But completely ignoring the idea of paternity leave is unfair.

Paternity leave is a standard legal privilege in every country that provides partners and fathers with job-protected time off from work after giving birth to or adopting a child. But there are different rules in different places about who can take paternity leave, how long it can last, and how it can be paid for.

Paternity leave (or maternity leave, for that matter) is not currently covered by a national paid family leave policy in the United States. But some states and private businesses do provide paid leave. Whereas, partners who meet the requirements of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may take unpaid time off. Due to the fact that these leaves are unpaid and offer job security, fathers usually have to drop the idea and get back to work.

Fathers and non-birthing parents can benefit greatly from paternity leave. According to studies, fathers who take time off of work after the birth of a child have stronger bonds with the child both right away and over time. It has also been demonstrated that paternity leave promotes more equitable parental duties, with partners taking on more of the responsibility for childcare and household duties.

It encourages moms to stay in the workforce.

It’s not easy to give birth to a baby. The mother decides to take maternity leave in addition to caring for the newborn in order to give herself some time to recover.

Mothers need to be given the same level of care and consideration as babies. They are unable to manage all of the domestic duties by themselves, including changing diapers, washing vomit-stained clothes, and completing other household chores. The father’s presence makes it simple to divide the workload, allowing the mother to concentrate on her career as well. Burnout is less likely to occur. This enables new mothers to continue working and supporting their families financially.

Fathers have the chance to form close relationships with their kids.

The formative years of a child are the most important. They acquire knowledge more quickly during this time, which shapes their cognitive, social, and emotional skills. In addition, fathers can use this period to build deep emotional ties while the child discovers its environment through stories, toys, music, and books. Fathers who miss those formative years may remain distant for the rest of their lives. When a father takes paternity leave, he is more actively involved in caring for the family and has more time to spend with his kids.

Another study found that males who assisted with childcare throughout their child’s early years had higher mental health. This is more evidence in favour of requiring paternity leave, which would give the father the time and money he needs to raise his child.

The Advantages for a Child’s Health

In addition to strengthening relationships, paternity leave has advantages for your child’s future mental health. Children of fathers who took paternity leave performed well in school. Dads get more active in childcare duties as a result of their greater involvement in their new babies’ lives, which ultimately benefits the children.

When it comes to your child’s health, you shouldn’t make any compromises. Fathers add another set of hands to the group of people caring for the baby. The baby will be healthier and happier as a result of better attention being paid to the child’s needs, including diet and sleep. Effective parental (gender-neutral) leave also lowers infant mortality, making effective paternity leave policies more compelling to enact.

Improves connections with the partner

Paternity leave has numerous advantages and is essential for strengthening relationships with partners. Of course, the father can assist with any domestic tasks or other around-the-house tasks that need to be done. But it does more than simply divide up the work. He is able to give the wife the appropriate level of emotional support, especially in the early months after the baby is born. By showing that he is also all hands on deck, this support system fortifies ties and ensures the stability of the marriage.

Additionally, a father’s greater assistance in caring for the infant contributed to a partial reduction in postpartum depression in mothers. According to research, paternal absence has a strong correlation with mom’s postpartum depression.

Paternity leave: A boon to fatherhood !

Fathers are viewed as family providers . Someone who should take on the duties. Someone who will provide his family with what they need. They miss the initial phase where their children start to grow. And, later on they are blamed for not being around their kids more often. Paternity leave not only meets the father’s emotional needs, but it also aids the mother’s recovery. These leaves ensures that the child receives nourishment from both parents.

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