I’m annoyed at the Republican Presidential nominee proposing a six-week maternity leave policy, as well as tax credits for stay-at-home mothers and other child care credits. Sorry dads…Men are not included in the leave plan.

Today, the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) covers all workers at large companies who need time off to care for a child or ailing family member. The states that offer paid leave provide it to both genders. And leave is granted for a host of reasons ― to care for a newborn, adopted child, foster child; as well as to care for a family member with a disability or serious health condition. Increasingly, companies are offering men and women equal amounts of paid leave. Large companies also provides Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that mom and dad can have money taken out their paychecks before taxes for childcare, summer camp, preschool. If a family does not wish to have money taken out for FSA, they can deduct a certain amount for taxes.

I am not sure what is the benefit of the Trump’s plan. Here are my thoughts….dads are not included is bullshit. When I was a new mom, I was exhausted when I got back from the hospital. I had to take care of a newborn but I was lucky to have Carl at home for a few days. I get it you want the time to heal but some of us do not have nanny or other type of help. We have to do it all. Some of us do depend on the dad to help us through the process.

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