New York Times Essay
Two years later, there is no stigma in our house about me changing diapers, feeding Olympia, doing her hair or anything else I might need to do in a pinch.I took my full 16 weeks and I’m still ambitious and care about my career. Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder and managing partner of Initialized Capital and the co-founder of Reddit, has partnered with Dove Men Care on the Pledge for Paternity Leave to fight for policy change with paid family leave legislation.Times article that one of the runners-up in our 2018 Student Editorial Contest used as a source for her piece, “The Trouble With Teen Movies.”" class="css-11cwn6f" src="https://static01com/images/2017/08/21/science/Well-Family-teen-LN3/Well-Family-teen-article Large.jpg?Nearly a third of dads think that taking leave could negatively impact their career. Spending a big chunk of time with Olympia when she was a newborn gave me confidence that I could figure this whole parenting thing out.As an only child with no cousins, I didn’t grow up around babies; in fact, I had never held one until my daughter was born. I didn’t — which was encouraging — and then I learned how to calm her crying, rock her to sleep and handle her toddler years with grace.When we came home with our baby girl, Serena had a hole in her abdomen that needed bandage changes daily. But even with all of that privilege, including my ability to focus solely on my family and not worry about keeping my job, it was still incredibly difficult.Nothing could have dragged me away from my wife and daughter in those hours, days and weeks — and I’m grateful that I was never forced to choose between my family and my job.And at a time when breaking out of one’s “filter bubble” is more important than ever, we hope this contest also encourages students to broaden their news diets by using multiple sources, ideally ones that offer a range of perspectives on their chosen issue. One of the best parts of judging this contest each year is learning about issues teenagers are passionate about that haven’t yet made it on to the radar of most adults.Good luck, and please post any questions you might have in the comments, or write to us at [email protected]_________2018 winners used this Op-Ed, “Accountability-Based Testing Is Broken,” as a source for his essay." class="css-1m50asq" src="https://static01com/images/2015/02/07/opinion/07Alderman-LN-2/07Alderman-article Large.jpg? You can write your editorial about any topic you like, as long as you use at least one source from The Times.We need a federal bill that mandates quality paid family leave for everyone — birth parents, adoptive parents and caregivers alike.Until that happens, dads, let me be your air cover.