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NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Parental Leave
Maternity & paternity leave is absolutely vital for strengthening families!

We create life
Making a brand
new life is a big

What parental leave means to your child

Parents are the
The first two years of life have been shown to be the most
first teachers
critical in development. We must set an
example for our
When parents take the time to establish positive attachments with newborns
and infants, they are supporting lasting healthy development patterns of
love, trust and independence.

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Support is
Positive parent-child Children learn to trust Children feel confident Society must come
attachment patterns those they have in exploring their together to support
form. attached to. environment based on new parents!
the established trust.

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Spelling it out
What exactly are we allotted in the
U.S., how does it affect us as a
population and what are some
positive solutions?

As we approach 2017, the United States of

America has still yet to establish adequate paid
maternity and paternity leave to expecting and
new parents. The chart (on right) shows the
amount of paid leave in 2014, according to
country. Clearly, we have some work to do in
the U.S.

Furthermore, most people dont realize that the

effects of parental leave echo into more than
just the families lives. Leave affects the
Today, we are the only
economy, the school system, politics and the advanced country on
environment. By establishing positive
attachment and trust in infancy, it thereby Earth that doesnt
creates healthy, proactive adults that work to
make a difference in society.
guarantee paid
maternity leave.
We must come together as a society, as one
President Barack Obama
human race of people, to put our efforts into
babies and young children - early childcare -
early education - paid parental leave.


According to Janet Gonzalez-Menas Child, Family, and Community,
the issue of trust lasts a lifetime. Children with unresolved trust
issues often reach adulthood still seeking the early caregiver who left
their needs unmet. Early care and early education can combat these
feelings of loss and misguided trust, helping to build resilience. Of
course, this can all be prevented if parents are given a chance to
form these essentials bonds early on. The first two years of life are
critical. Even children who face hardships later on have an easier time
coping with difficulties when an attachment has been formed in the
first year of life. Issues of attachment and trust must not be ignored.