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Old 08-24-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Only two countries in the advanced world provide no guarantee for paid leave from work to care for a newborn child. Last spring one of the two, Australia, gave up that dubious distinction by establishing paid family leave starting in 2011. I wasn't surprised when this didn't make the news here in the United States—we're now the only wealthy country without such a policy.

Why U.S. Needs Paid Family Leave | Newsweek Life | Newsweek.com
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:56 AM
 
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Everyone says they value parenting, kids, and 'family values' in the USA but no one wants to foot the bill or even think outside the box about how deal with this issue.

So many women (myself included) have children and have to figure out how to work around their schedules, their days off school, our spouses work commitments.

The parent who is the primary caregiver AND wants to get a job often has to take a lesser job just to fit around everyone else's schedules.

When we lived in England, we could get 'child benefit' money...it's available for EVERYONE (not welfare). It wasn't much but at least the government acknowledged that people with children often need just a little help. Even in countries like Russia, there are state day cares...they had them under the Soviet system as well. Here in the USA, you better have $$$ to pay for daycare or you are SOL..(unless you are dirt poor).
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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How many people who have kids would rather live in those other countries for the child care benefits?

The general principle is sound, but those state child care benefits comes off from higher taxes.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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Only two countries in the advanced world provide no guarantee for paid leave from work to care for a newborn child. Last spring one of the two, Australia, gave up that dubious distinction by establishing paid family leave starting in 2011. I wasn't surprised when this didn't make the news here in the United States—we're now the only wealthy country without such a policy.

Why U.S. Needs Paid Family Leave | Newsweek Life | Newsweek.com

I would love to see something like this implemented... but it will be at what cost?
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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I don't want to pay anyone not to work.
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