Good parental care

You have successfully emailed the post. What’s perhaps most frustrating is the abundance of research that often goes ignored, which illustrates how beneficial good parental care parental leave can be for not just parents, but also for children, society, and companies, too. 1993, qualifying American parents are guaranteed 12 weeks of family leave to care for a new child.

While the law requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide new parents with 12 weeks of leave, it doesn’t require this leave to be paid. 120 a month on baby food and formula. And big-ticket items like furniture and medical expenses add up quickly. Without the guarantee of paid leave while caring for a child, many new parents are faced with the choice between economic hardship and returning to work prematurely. Paid maternity leave is good for mothers, families and business. America should have the good sense to join nearly every other country in providing it. 2007 it increased paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 18 weeks.

Mothers were able to take the time they needed to bond with their babies and return to their jobs feeling confident and ready. And it’s much better for Google’s bottom line — to avoid costly turnover, and to retain the valued expertise, skills, and perspective of our employees who are mothers. Since then, only New Jersey and Rhode Island have actualized similar programs. California’s paid family-leave initiative reported either positive or no noticeable effect on profitability, turnover, and morale.

A study of European leave policies by the University of North Carolina found that paid-leave programs can substantially reduce infant mortality rates and better a child’s overall health. Bonn indicates higher education, IQ, and income levels in adulthood for children of mothers who used maternity leave — the biggest effect comes for children from lower-educated households. The researchers cited this as a significant discussion for policymakers to have, as it could reduce the existing gap in education and income in the US. There’s plenty of evidence that supports the effectiveness of paid paternity leave, too.

And a study by two Columbia University Social Work professors found that fathers who take two or more weeks off after their child is born are more involved in their child’s care nine months later. Simply put, paid paternity leave can help foster better father-child relationships. And the more leave fathers take, the more mothers’ incomes increase. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Already a print edition subscriber, but don’t have a login? Teen tracking apps: Good parenting or risky? A link has been sent to your friend’s email address.

A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tracking apps and services allow parents to monitor their children’s location and online activity. A public service announcement used to run at the top of the evening news: “It’s 10 p. Do you know where your children are? Well, it’s 2014, and with smartphone technology it’s possible to track your children all the time. Some parents say using these services is a sign of good parenting, yet psychologists and privacy experts warn that there are pros and cons, and parents should weigh them before signing up.

As a mom with two teens, I was concerned about not having a window into my child’s digital world,” Jain told USA TODAY Network about her decision to create the service, which launched in 2011 but has continued to update and change with new technology. 2013 “Teens and Technology” Pew Research survey. The service has helped parents identify online bullying and has kept teens out of dangerous situations like getting into a car with a drunk driver, according to Jain. If we don’t know what is going on in their digital world we can’t protect them, we can’t guide them,” she said.