This stress gap is real. Even though my husband and I share “chores,” I’m always the one who wakes up in a cold sweat when the kids cut their curfews too close. And then am exhausted the next day.
Paid maternal leave is not an expense but an investment — and one that pays for itself quickly, as new mothers who take leave are more likely to return to work. Thus companies save the cost of finding and training their replacements. (And leave for non-primary caregivers is a longer term investment in getting rid of the “mommy track.”) Why so we as a society still make it so hard in the US for families?