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  • Women deserve help

    The men literally do nothing to help the woman have the baby past conception. After the baby is born, the men should be at home to help the new mothers to take care of the new babies. The opposing side is saying that the men didn't do anything in the having of the baby, and that is exactly why he should stay at home and help his exhausted woman, who just had a baby, to take care of said baby. Because he should do something. They have paternity leave in other countries, and everyone is happier for it.

  • Yes, they should.

    Mens children are their top #1 priority. Bosses who disagree probably don't have kids. Well, its true, children are top #1 priority and should come before work, therefore men should get paid for paternity leave for at least 2-4 weeks if not longer. Children need their fathers, and fathers need their children. Fathers should get the paternity leave for pay because they need to not only help their wife or girlfriend out, but spend time with their child and they need to learn the role of being a father, learn the role of pregnancy and childbirth. Therefore, as a conclusion, fathers should get a paternity leave for pay to be with his family.

  • Child care and bonding

    Although women are tired from having the baby and men can still work because their body does not have to heal, men should still get paternity leave so their wife could take a nap or just a little break from the baby and then the father can take care of the baby and have a little more father-child time.

  • Yes, men should get paternity leave.

    Women need help around the house, and adjusting to the new role of being a mother. Someone being there would help immensely. The man also needs to learn how to take care of their new child. It can be a bonding experience for the spouses. Children need both parents, and it's terrible that most companies don't give paternity leave.

  • Allow men paid time off, YES

    Some might see this as a good idea, whereas others may feel that it is taking things a little far. Since the mother is inseparably involved in pregnancy and childbirth, it is understandable when she gets maternity leave. But the necessity of paternity leave for a father is not easily understood by most people. Until and unless men go through fatherhood, they may never really understand the role of the man during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Of Course They Should!

    The Father has all the right to see their new child. And for all those who say no, wouldn't you want to see if your wife is ok? If your wife and child are both healthy and alive? It only makes sense to be able to see your NEW little FAMILY member.

  • Sure they have to!

    Because the babies must know not only their mother, but also their father! So, the fathers must take care his baby not only on his spare time, but also when his wife can't take care of the babies. Life is complicated! The mothers may can't take care of her babies every time. So, the fathers must handle his baby. And the fathers must still get payed. Because work is his duty and take care of his babies is his most important duty.

  • Yes they should

    We are expecting our first born. Needless to say there will be a learning curve for how to handle an infant in our home. My wife wants me to be home to help her as we both learn together. I am using my only vacation time to be home for 2 weeks. We do not have family near by to help us, so it is just my wife and myself. I do not think men need to be away from work for 12 weeks leave, which is what my wife has. However, a week or two would be enough for young families to become acclimated to their new situation without the penalty of no pay or the use of earned vacation time.

  • Yes they should

    We are expecting our first born. Needless to say there will be a learning curve for how to handle an infant in our home. My wife wants me to be home to help her as we both learn together. I am using my only vacation time to be home for 2 weeks. We do not have family near by to help us, so it is just my wife and myself. I do not think men need to be away from work for 12 weeks leave, which is what my wife has. However, a week or two would be enough for young families to become acclimated to their new situation without the penalty of no pay or the use of earned vacation time.

  • Would be nice to physically and emotionally get help when family is not around.

    I agree on this topic in many ways due to the fact that I recently had a baby girl by C-section this past summer and having no family or none of his family near by unlike other people do. I deeply depended on him for help, why would I depend on any one else when we both got into this situation. Plus by him helping he could understand some what of the pain and stress healing and caring for a baby. My man worked and helped me and baby no matter what for a month he checked on me rather on lunch break calling also. Its not about being poor and having the employer pay no matter what of course with paternity leave an employer and government should have guidelines to this option. Bonding is great for baby and mom why bring more stress if not needed... Babies are blessings think about it millions of women would pay millions just to have a baby.

  • 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.

  • 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?!

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Men should not get paternity leave from work.

    I think men, should not get paternity leave as they are not of much help with the new member. Most of the men can't take care of the baby and can't even take care of themselves. then there is more work load on the mother. As far as bonding with the child, a good father can bond even in less time, if he spends quality time, instead of quantity.


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