Having a child is already expensive enough as it is. Adding to that, many employers do not provide nearly enough paid family leave, if at all. If we want to create a stable family environment, we need to ensure the child is being cared for during the most critical time of their life—as an infant. If we want to encourage strong family values, it starts with allowing the parent or parents to be home together when their child is born.
By having a longer paid family leave term, we not only provide a stable home for the child, we take the burden of cost off the family. Having a child has become a luxury of the wealthy, as many working class families cannot afford to take the time off work. By taking this financial burden off the parents, we are giving them more resources to invest in their family, which in the end results in more money spent in the local economy.