- Studies show the link between difficulties at home in childhood and various problems in adulthood
- The first two years are critical for developing brains that fare well in school
- Children who fare well in school are more likely to achieve a better standard of living
Most serious problems like addiction and mental illness, are strongly linked to difficulties in childhood. As the ACE studies show us these problems are strongly linked to difficulties in families. As parenting is an extremely difficult project which demands time, energy and finances any problems the family has are going to effect the ability of the parents to give their children a good start in life. During the first 2 years children’s brains grow and develop from … As this researcher states in their TED talk, people need to take special care for the first 2 years as this is when language develops and the biggest growth in the brain occurs.
The case for paternity leave
Nobody would deny that when bringing a child into the world, women have the spotlight. In preparing for becoming a mother there are countless books, movies, videos, seminars and courses. Obviously men are welcome to participate, but they hold a supporting role. Yet for most men the advent of having a child is a life-changing moment. Just like women, some men have waited for years to become fathers and some stumble upon the role without intention.
Why do fathers matter?
Researchers have long known the importance of supporting fathers for the development of children. Some European countries have implemented paternity leave where the state pays the fathers 80% of their salary for some months, not allowing them to pass the allowance over to the mothers. If allowed, men often choose to give the benefit over to the mother, not for lack of interest but since men earn on average more than women it can be hard to justify the lower salary even if it’s only for some weeks.
But why does the state care?
Turns out that if men stay at home with their children and are the main care-takers, their bond measures stronger even many years later. We want strong bonding. Bonding is what keeps people in each others lives. It forms the basis for all kinds of support. And, of course, the state cares about their citizens growing into productive member of society.