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Would Your Husband Take Extended Paternity Time If Offered?

Welcoming a new babe is a family affair and one that should be celebrated by mom and pop alike if you ask the British government. The country's prime minister is preparing to announce revisions to the nation's leave policy that will equally divide leave between parents, giving new dads paid paternity leave for three months and an additional three months of unpaid leave. Currently, new British mums receive a year of maternity leave, and the proposed policy would allow them to return to work at the six month mark and transfer the remaining time to their spouses – half of which would be paid.

The extended paternity leave is designed to divide parental leave between parents and eliminate discrimination in the workplace surrounding the belief that only women care for babies. Even if the policy is adopted, officials do not expect men will take advantage of it. Their statistics indicate that "fewer than one in 10 of the estimated 239,000 eligible fathers each year would take advantage of the new right initially," as men tend to be drawn back to their jobs and fear losing their tenure if they take time off.

Would your husband take an extended paid paternity leave if offered?

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Danni99 Danni99 8 years
My husband is a SAHD. I just had a baby 6 weeks ago and it kills me that I have to go back to work, but knowing that my husband is home to see every moment of the baby's development makes it a little easier. Plus I tell myself I got to SAHM with the first 2 kids, so it's finally his turn to do diaper duty and enjoy being the primary caregiver.
psterling psterling 8 years
My husband works at a large tech company here in the bay area and they offer a very generous paternity leave package that we plan to take advantage of. Though instead of the usual 4 months off all in one big chunk, we'll elect to spread that time out so that he'll take a few weeks off at first and then transition into a 4 day work week for about a year or so. At his company, paternity leave doesn't have a stigma attached to it and we look forward to spending family time together.
kia kia 8 years
My hubby would do this in a heartbeat. He has serious babies rabies. @runningesq women also have this fear, at least in academia. Kansas to my knowledge is one of the better university systems to support mamas taking time for children. Not everyone is in Kansas though.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
my newborn is 11 days old and my hubby had to go back to work this week...he is really sad about it and would love to be home with all of us for a little longer. I wish they had something like this in the states..that said i know it would be almost impossible for him to take more than two weeks off given the nature of his job.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
He so would! Definitely will take the leave because his work does have paid paternity leave up to 8 weeks (if not mistaken). I dunno how helpful he'll be though. LOL. His co-worker just took a 7-weeks paternity leave (he just returned to work last week). Well they're in the union though.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 8 years
My husband would take it in a heartbeat but his job would not be able to deal without him. They are forever calling him to take care of things now and he works full time. I don't know if I would like to share the baby that much though. I look forward to having some quality one on one time with the baby while he is at work.
khrystena khrystena 8 years
My DCP did that, she was at home with the kids, so her husband took the 9 months off too. It was great for both of them. He loved being home with all the kids! It works out better financially for us to do that too, my husband had slow times at work and is hourly for wages (construction) so we plan to have a baby during his slow time so he can be home and I go back to work where my income in guaranteed to make it easier on us (we're in Canada too)
runningesq runningesq 8 years
We plan on doing something similar. We'll both take a couple weeks off at first, then I'll stay home for 2-3 months, and then go back to work. He'll take paternity leave for the next 2-3 months. I find this interesting: men tend to be drawn back to their jobs and fear losing their tenure if they take time off. Why don't women have the same fear? They should.
acesbabydoll acesbabydoll 8 years
WOW Not here in the U.S.!
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