3. Select a video. Click the video on which you want to leave a comment. the comment) and/or replying to it rather than posting a new comment altogether. Oct 9th , PM 33, Views 22 Comments This new paid leave scheme is on top the maternity and paternity leave options already in place. option to take paid parental leave under a new policy announced by not disclose the number of people employed by third-party suppliers.
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My story is slightly different though, I was able to use SPL to support the transition of our adopted daughter into our lives. I was eligible for paternity leave just like a natural father and also SPL. The Civil Service has got this spot on, extending these opportunities to me as and adoptive father was more than I had hoped for. I'm hoping that by sharing this we or the administrators of this blog can also highlight that SPL is also available for people who are looking to adopt.
Comment by Robin Carter posted on on 26 May Steve, I took 6 months extended paternity leave for the birth of my daughter in The experience has meant that our daughter is now happy in the company of either parent, leaving one or other of us free to pop out and carry on with life as needs be.
Its also brought me closer to my daughter. I was that lone father in many of the children's groups and it can take some time to be accepted.
My approach was to drop the inhibitions, make a bit of an idiot of myself and play with the children. In my local session there must be fathers meeting regularly. Its great one to one time for fathers and group play time for the children. You get coffee and bacon rolls and a chance to get some tips from other fathers.
Comment by Alexis posted on on 26 May Fantastic job on sharing your experience! I hope that others, including managers, can read about your experience and can learn to be more empathetic with 'returning parents'. What a lucky little boy to have had s much quality time with both parents!!
Comment by Oliver Dormon posted on on 26 May I took 3 months off with eachj of my 2 boys, and thoroughly enjoyed it. But yes Dad's taking sole care of the wee nippers are a rarity indeed, I go to a local "Who let the Dads out" group though I really dislike the implicit sexism in the name suggesting Dads are let out and could get up the craziness with the children it is nice to see other dads with their kids.
But during the week expect to be the only Dad at groups and weighing clinics, and for people to make sweeping statements about how real men go to work, or how the children must be missing their mum no-one asked my wife if the boys were missing their dad in the 13 months of leave she had betweent he two of them. And don't get me started on the group where all the mums gleefully joined in with a song about how useless men were, I was furious, its not exactly progressive.
Comment by Mike Bedford posted on on 26 May Excellent blog Steve and thanks for sharing your experience. I am currently almost one month into a three month SPL block following which I am taking a further four weeks annual leave. Agree with everything you say about how important it is to children and parents to both take an equal share of childcare.
We have definitely noticed the benefits. My Wife has been really supportive and took the first seven months off maternity leave. She was heartbroken when she returned to work, suffering from separation anxiety, and this was a deeply emotional and testing first few weeks back at work but we made it and she is getting stronger with each week.
It is sad to hear about some of the experiences of other fathers at baby groups. My experience has been somewhat different and I simply picked up where my Wife left off and, although I have been the only Dad, this has never been an issue to either me or the mums.
They made me and my Daughter very welcome. I recommend getting to a few groups if you can - please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help or assistance on this. In terms of keeping in touch, I am meeting up with my manager once a month for a coffee and catch up and keep my ear to the ground through Social Media, Blogs and checking my Departments Intranet when it is convenient.
I still do think, although some progress has been made, the Civil Service could go much further and take a leaf out of Richard Branson's Virgin Group who allow 12 months fully paid SPL to all its staff. Comment by Anne Burt posted on on 27 May Great to hear about positive experiences of dads here, glad that the civil service is leading the way on this. I'm going on maternity leave soon and my husband is very jealous of the civil service's approach to SPL, being self employed he's sadly not eligible for anything - not even for 2 weeks' paternity pay!
Comment by Ross Stevenson posted on on 28 May I had nearly three months off too to look after my daughter, Chloe, thanks to Shared Parental Leave. I was very grateful to the Civil Service, my employer VOA, my manager and team for being supportive of me. Chloe is very much happy being around myself and her Mummy. Comment by Jessica posted on on 31 May Wonderful that you have this opportunity - I can see all the advantages. I will be going on maternity leave this year but unfortunately my partner's employer an American company is less enlightened and sharing parental leave, though legal, just isn't feasible.
The reasons are mainly financial but also cultural. But the more that shared parental leave becomes the norm in the UK, the more pressure there is for the dinosaurs to catch up!
Skip to main content. What is shared parental leave? How my partner and I are sharing our leave Steve Marshall and son Our first child was born this January and we decided to share all our leave equally. The next stage I'm back at work for three months now, and then have three months being the primary carer for my son.
Banging the drum for policy-making across the UK. Comment by Tina Wheeler posted on on 23 May Great, very informative.
Thanks so much Tina Link to this comment. Comment by Tracey Williams tewilliam posted on on 24 May Thanks for blogging about this Steve, it's so helpful to have real life examples of dads who have taken advantage of SPL.
Please blog again about your 3 months on SPL - and congratulations on your son! Link to this comment. Comment by Natasha Robinson posted on on 25 May Having just got back from maternity leave, I think it is great that men are getting the opportunity to share the childcare in the early months. Comment by Ed posted on on 26 May Congratulations on the birth of your son and thanks for writing about what sounds like a really positive experience. Comment by Robin Carter posted on on 26 May Steve, I took 6 months extended paternity leave for the birth of my daughter in
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