The paid parental leave storm is causing us to miss the main point of what new parents need.
It now seems crazy to me that our society lays the burden of early parental responsibility almost exclusively upon mothers. This is something we should be trying to change; we need to, both to share care needs fairly and to set an example of equality to children.
The sight of a dad chilling with an infant on a weekday must be normalised to the point where elderly swimmers and strong men in small shorts alike do not feel it necessary to offer compliments.
Until we remove the stigma that comes with the biological fact that women carry the children and give birth, we aren't going to have a level playing field. Men should be encouraged to take time away from their careers to share the privilege of being with their children in those precious first few years of life. In return, their partners could return to the workforce earlier, or at least have the choice to do so.