Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

I got lucky with my Parental Leave

I felt awkward about this, as I tend to feel awkward about things where I'm doing better than most. But if people don't know what's possible, and available elsewhere, then they may never realise there's something to aim for.

Earlier this year, following a company merger, the company started merging together its policies so that they were the same. And also bringing some of them up to date so that they matched what our competitors were offering.

And amongst those was the parental leave. Which is six months fully paid for either parent.

Yes, I know, I was boggled too. And so very, very grateful when it was brought into force in July, just two months before Gideon was born.

This means that I'll be at home working together with Jane to raise Gideon until March. This feels massive to me.

(And on top of that he's not even as hard to raise as Sophia was. He's a lot more placid. We're still not getting much sleep - but being woken every couple of hours at night is much less stressful if you know you don't have to get 8 hours of work done the next day.)
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