Moms in the U.S. often hear about the parental paradise that is Scandinavia. In Denmark, for example, parents get 52 weeks of leave after the birth of a child, and, once mom goes back to work,…public day care is partially subsidized by the government. In Sweden, parents are entitled to a whopping 480 days of paid parental leave. But while these benefits sound amazing, they don't mean that moms don't face difficult dilemmas when it comes to choices surrounding their careers and childcare, or that sexism in the workplace has been eradicated. Because that's totally… >> Read More
With the imminent birth of his second daughter with wife Priscilla Chan in the next few months, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg announced he'll be taking two months of paternity leave.
In an Instagram…and Facebook post, he explained why: "When Max was born, I took two months of paternity leave. I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months of her life. Our new daughter is coming soon, and I'm planning to take two months of paternity leave again. This time, I'm… >> Read More
New parents are obviously aware of the benefits of paid family leave, which is a hot-button topic in policy circles. Right there's a patchwork system in pace--companies determine how much leave…they'll give parents, which means that tech company employees are happy, but non-traditional families at other workplaces are seriously screwed (for instance, there's often less leave for adoption or non-biological parents). The Trump family leave plan continues this status quo, discriminating against anyone who is not a biological mom. Advocates argue that paid family leave should… >> Read More
The battle between two competing desires—the desire to achieve and the desire to engage with loved ones—rages within many working parents. But on my recent maternity leave, I hoped I might get a…reprieve. After all, I’m not just a mommy (a few times over), I’m also a credentialed psychologist specializing in the treatment of new parents. Yep, I naively expected my third maternity leave would be smooth, psychologically and otherwise. Yet my reality turned out just like that of every ambitious parent in love with their delightful… >> Read More
This week, a report was released by the HR Policy Association, a group of more than 380 major U.S. companies, calling Congress to provide an optional amount of paid parental leave for companies.…Basically, if companies meet that standard, they can be protected by state laws that may require more. Basically, this means these companies don't want to give ample time off, which is pretty lame—especially since many tech companies and corporations are willingly going in the other direction, with longer leave periods and more flex times. The companies… >> Read More