Shared Parental Leave

*This post is in collaboration with GoToMeeting

So much has changed since we had Little Man two years ago, let alone LP four years ago. When we found out we were pregnant for the first time we didn’t have that many options – I could have up to a year off work as maternity leave and Hubby could have two weeks off from his job as paternity leave.

From April this year new laws came into force which mean that parents can now share that parental leave and it doesn’t have to just be on the mother’s shoulders to stay at home and look after the baby. This is great news for so many families as it’s not always the Dad that has the highest paid job, or the job with the best parental leave package. It has opened so many avenues for new parents and has given them so much more choice than ever before.

Would shared parental leave have changed things for us? I doubt it. I loved being at home for so long with both the children – 15 months with each of them in the end as I added annual leave onto my maternity leave before and after. Also, Hubby has a much better paid job than me so it would always have made financial sense for me to be the one off work. To be honest, I don’t know a huge amount about the new laws, as we’re not planning any more children, so it’s a great job GoToMeeting have put together this great infographic with more info on shared parental leave.

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Are you sharing parental leave with your partner? If you had the choice to share parental leave when you had your children would you have made the same choices? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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  1. July 23, 2015 / 7:11 am

    I’m not sure it would have changed our process either, by the time we had our second I had given up work anyway. But I do know people that have used it and I think it is great people have the choice now.

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