The first few weeks after a new child is brought into a family are critical. As such, parents typically want to spend as much time at home to help provide care and bond with the new family member.
Of course, work can be a complicating factor for many families. Employees are generally guaranteed 12 weeks of work-protected leave per year to care for a newborn or newly adopted child under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This leave does not have to be paid, which can be a sticking point for many parents.
As family dynamics are changing, parents are becoming more engaged in parenting. However, research shows that many men are hesitant to take parental leave without their usual paychecks.