19:05 Oct. 21, 2016
After visiting Ukraine, Pamela Druckerman reflects on benefits of being a mother in Ukraine comparing to the USA
Pamela Druckerman is the author of three books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, where she studies different styles of parenting.
In her new op-ed for New York Times, Pamela Druckerman tells about the governmental support of young parents around the world. For example, Ukraine allows mothers to stay at home for three years, the government offers paid maternity leave, practically free preschool, and per-baby payments equivalent to eight months of an average salary.
Meanwhile, American parents get practically nothing.
A forthcoming study in The American Journal of Sociology finds that Americans with children are 12 percent less happy than non-parents, the largest "happiness gap" of 22 rich countries surveyed.
The main sources of parents' unhappiness are the lack of paid vacation and sick leave, and the high cost of child care, the authors said.