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flourishing and paid family leave

July 24th, 2018 | 1 min read

By Matthew Loftus

The Families Valued initiative of the Center for Public Justice has just released their new report on paid family leave, and I have some thoughts about it over on the main page. I think they make a pretty solid argument for paid family leave, but you can read their own words for yourself:

In our fast-paced culture, time is a precious resource. If we want to empower families to
thrive, we must allow families to dedicate and organize time in order to care for one another
and establish family cohesion. Protecting and enabling family time at crucial touchpoints —
birth, adoption, illness or death — helps anchor and signal the enduring value of the family
in an atomized, lonely culture.

Also, don’t miss Tara Isabella Burton’s history of conservative Christians and childcare policies and the Familes Valued team’s conversation with the Church Politics podcast with Michael Wear and Justin Giboney (always worthwhile to listen to!)

Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at