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Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma

Claire Cain Miller, in this Sunday’s New York Times, writing about paternity leave, and the associated stigma:

Social scientists who study families and work say that men like Mr. Bedrick, who take an early hands-on role in their children’s lives, are likely to be more involved for years to come and that their children will be healthier. Even their wives could benefit, as women whose husbands take paternity leave have increased career earnings and have a decreased chance of depression in the nine months after childbirth. But researchers also have a more ominous message.

Sounds like everyone wins, so why is this not more prevalent a practice in all companies?

Taking time off for family obligations, including paternity leave, could have long-term negative effects on a man’s career – like lower pay or being passed over for promotions.

It’s true, but it shouldn’t be. There are plenty of companies out there that support people who choose to have families. As society evolves, here’s hoping these companies become the norm, not the exception.