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  • It's nice to have some help.

    Why not have the father around for a little bonding? And hey, he can help keep the house in shape while the woman's nursing. He could also run errands, help the woman physically, and whenever she needs a break from a crying baby, he can be there to help out. I don't see what it would hurt.

  • Men should get paternity leave

    Men should get paternity leave because the woman will need help with the newborn child. The couple might also have one or more other children and will need help with them. So yes men should get paternity leave, because the woman will need help taking care of the children they have.

  • Gender Equal Hiring

    If they accept paternal leave for all or most businesses, then they won't be able to discriminate against young women with the argument that they will just get pregnant and want maternal leave. This way it will be equally risky with both gender, and there will be slightly more gender equality in the workplace

  • Paternity Leave is Beneficial

    If people would actually to research on this topic instead of going off of their own opinions, they would realize that paternity leave is beneficial. Paternity leave creates stronger family dynamics. By being home, a father will be able to bond with his significant other and his child which will create stronger family dynamics. This is extremely important to the child. Also, research determined that the more paternity leave a father receives, the more involved he will be in child-care tasks.

  • Yes!!!!! The father should help the mother and bond with their child!

    Having a baby is exhausting and hard BUT a complete blessing. What mother out there can say the day they took their baby home "I'm full of energy and can do it all by myself". Not a single one!! Mothers need time to rest and enjoy their child and enjoy seeing their husband/father of the baby take care and help out with the responsibility. ALSO every father should have the opertunity to spend those precious moments with their new born. They are only babies once!!

  • A shorter one than maternity leave but yes

    A man should be able to have time with his kid. What is wrong with the people who say that he shouldn't? It is as much his child as it is the mother's. While a paternity leave shouldn't be as long as a maternity leave, there should be one. A man wants to spend time with his new baby boy or girl and the child should get a chance to learn who her father is.

  • Yes they should

    They should have time to help their wife to get better and take care of the baby. It's hard for one women who has gone threw labor to take care of a child by herself. A man should be available to let the woman have time off from taking care of a child.

  • They are the parent to

    After birth the mother needs someone to tend to her. In most cases the woman has family, but that is not true in every event. The woman needs to have the emotional and physical support of their spouse. Post-partum depression can be very stressful for a mother, therefore need someone to tend to the newborn's needs when she cannot.

  • Modern times or Old Fashioned

    Men should be able to get paternity leave, not because of the "bonding time" with the child but because of many other reasons. When i had my big baby, i couldn't sit down comfortably for 3 months because of how bad i was stretched. Also, many mothers get very stressed out with their first born, and even worse if they have multiple children at once. Whether the woman can physically do it is not the point here, the point is the significant other helping out so the mother could have rest.

  • Why shouldn't they?

    Men have the responsibility to take care of their children just as much as women do. Just because they aren't the ones carrying the child or giving birth it does not mean that they should have less of a hand in raising it. Paternity leave is necessary. Fathers need to be with their children, too.

  • This is a pointless question.

    Men do nothing to deserve paternity leave. It is the woman who carry around the baby inside her for 9 months. They are the ones to have to be careful with what they eat, or what they do. The women are the ones gaining weight, and putting more pressure on their back when they fetus starts to grow bigger inside them. Men are to provide for the family. Meaning while the girl is resting, regaining her stability, and caring for the child the man should be bringing home money for her and their child.

  • Time off for what?!

    What does his vagina need to recover from? And what kind of a woman is so dependent on her husband/boyfriend that she needs him taking care of her after doing something as natural as giving birth. A hundred years ago women used to plow the fields, squat, have a baby then go do the wash by hand. When did we get so soft? And what job is it that the father is at for so many hours that he cant come home and cook dinner/clean/feed new baby all in the same day? He doesn't need time off he needs to work harder at home when he finishes his work day.

  • No women did all the work for making the baby fathers did NOTHING!

    No, because the father's body did absolutely nothing to make the baby. The father's body doesn't need to recuperate at home nor does the father have his hormones out of whack. If men get paternity leave just to "bond" with the baby then women should get 2 maternity leaves one to recover from giving birth and pregnancy and the other maternity leave to "bond" with the baby.

  • Time off for what?

    Leave off from work should be dedicated only to the mother. This time off allows her to mentally and physically heal after giving birth. Additionally, the mother can nurse the baby and acquire the sleep that is needed to bounce back.

    The father of the baby should continue to work and support his family. Taking time off, especially without pay, would cause a financial burden.

    If the father believes that he won't get the same "bonding" time with the baby, come home at a decent time, spend time with your family in the evenings, and on the weekends.

    As a society, we have become to believe we are entitled equal rights, yet I don't see the father giving birth to children, or women making the same wages as men. This is not an equal rights time, it's a time of what is best for the child. Having the father home at this time doesn't help the mother out.

    The only time I could see Paternity Leave being an option was if there were complications in the birth and the mother was unable to take care of the baby herself.

  • I disagree

    Men should stay at work.....My Father wasn't home with me to bond, why should Fathers get it now?? I'm just as close to my Father even if he wasn't home during the day.
    This Politically correct world is making me sick. I'm a woman and didn't have any kids, I don't even think women should get a year off. I think if you want kids that badly, and like I hear so many Mothers say how much they love their kids, then stay home full time with them. People say they can't afford it. They can't afford it only because they want all the material things in life, which is not always the most important thing.

  • i disagree

    you have to relize yes the women did it all but relize your husbands gonna be home and doing everything cleaning cooking do it all while you relax sleep do what you need to do so idk why you are saying no if theres a positive side to you women and a good husband would help around the house while you rest

  • Paternity Leave for men is unnecessary given the opportunity cost.

    Not to get into too hypothetical of an argument, but if companies were forced to give paternity leave to men and women, for months at a time, it would seriously injure the economy and all businesses. This opportunity cost is greater than the necessity for men to be at home with the mother taking care of the baby; on a equal rights standpoint, women are more than able to take care of the baby and themselves. Men can always see and interact with their children after work and on the weekends, there is simply no need to pay two people for months at a time so that they can raise their children.. If a couple wanted some time off with their new child then they should have saved. Its not the burden of the business to fund both of them.

  • Yes and No

    I feel like the way that society is today that some fathers are not able to take off work, just because many jobs don't offer it. But if they have a good job which they have to have for this to be even considered, then yes. They probably were not home much when the child was conceived.

  • Neither parent should get paid leave.

    Neither parent should be entitled to paid leave just for having a child. The world is GROSSLY over-populated! If YOU chose to have a child, why should your employer have to pay for it. Just to be civil, understanding, and just, both parents should be able take unpaid leave at their option for a reasonable amount of time (say 12 wks). If you're too poor to take a few months off unpaid, you probably aren't in the appropriate financial situation to even have a child. Simply put - having a child is a very selfish thing to do. If YOU chose to, that's your problem - not your employers or mine or anyone else's.

  • Heck no he won't go

    Men should not be offered paternity leave because legally, granting or declining paternity leave is classified as discrimination. If men should be granted any kind of leave is should be parental leave. BUT the request for parental leave should not be granted because the male in the household should stay at work and still help support the finances. A man's stress during the pregnancy is the woman and once the woman conceives the child, his recuperation has already started. It is illegal and also very lazy for the male to do this.


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