I am 67 now, but between 1963 and 2005 I raised nine children and sent them all off to college. I could NOT work for seventeen years, but I kept acquiring degrees, so that eventually I could return to the workforce--which I finally did after my doctorate. HOW GREAT it would have been to have had paid leave from work--but NO ONE was there to pick up the slack if I left my children OR if I left my work. I have dreamed of the day young mothers and fathers could have the time they truly need to become adjusted to becoming parents. Parenting is THE hadest job--and MOST important one--of all. I have a small pension now, but all my children are tax-payers. My pension is small because I could only afford to work for 13.5 years. Maybe a retired mother like me should get something for raising so many tax-payers? (And sending them off to college). WORK is what parents do, because otherwise it's not parenting. EMPLOYMENT for working parents is a LUXURY!