Curious What Paternity Leave Really Looks Like?
Here we are in 2017 and I am welcoming my new son into the world. Little Man was born on Father’s Day and my paternity leave officially kicked off!
I am fortunate enough to have 4 months to spend with my wife, our 2-year old daughter and the new little guy. While it may not be the norm just yet, my experiences setting up leave and living the first few weeks closely mirrors the experiences of many dads. Hopefully through sharing my experience you will get a taste for 3 things:
- What paternity leave looks like
- What pitfalls & traps to avoid
- How to make it an all around success for your family
This is my second paternity leave and the first time around I made some mistakes and missed great chances to really step up. Now that I have another opportunity, I am determined to deliver for myself and my family.
Paternity leave requires attention to be a success. This isn’t just time for projects or sitting on the couch catching up on Silicon Valley. With just a bit of thought and consideration you can really launch into being a great Dad right from the start. Isn’t that the point after all?
My Paternity Leave:
- Week -8 to -4: Setting Up Paternity Leave
- Week -4 to Birthday: Just Before Paternity Leave
- Happy Birthday!: First Day of Paternity Leave
- Week 1: Starting Paternity Leave
- Weeks 2 & 3: Paternity Leave Schedule
- Weeks 4 & 5: Stuff Happens
- Weeks 6 & 7: Adjusting to Fatherhood
While my paternity leave is actually over – my time is in high demand. I will be posting the rest of my leave shortly as I sort through notes in whatever free time remains. Stay tuned! I will be sharing some advice on how to reintegrate into the workforce.
Also, I want to let you know about an awesome project I have been working on. Partnering with MindfulReturn.com, I have helped develop a Paternity Leave Course. The course is designed to minimize the impact on your career, to help work through logistic, and to optimize your leave for your family. Check it out!
Are you considering taking paternity leave?
If you are thinking about taking paternity leave there are a few things you need to know to make sure it’s done right.Check out the Start Here walkthrough to see how you can optimize your work situation to ensure the smoothest transition and reduce stress.
Even if you think you can’t take paternity leave, you may have options you aren’t aware of. All of it is covered in the Start Here guide so check it out now!
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