Jackie's picture 2010I truly believe that taking time off when your children are born is extremely important to the well being of your child. Newborn children require a lot of love and care. Plus, the bond developed between parents and children is put into place in the first 3 years of a child's life.

I am of the opinion that if people dedicate a year of their life to nothing but their child, we MIGHT have less hate and crime in the world.

This may be why Bill & Melinda Gates just announced their foundation will be implementing a program that offers up to 52 weeks of paid time-off for both mothers and fathers during the first year of a child’s birth or adoption.

According to Seattle Pi, "The goal for the foundation is to give parents an opportunity to participate more fully in their children’s lives, while also allowing them the flexibility and financial certainty to meet the needs of their growing families."

They also announced that employees will be able to take unlimited time-off without concern. This will enable for employees to come back to work ready to focus and accomplish great things at the foundation.