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Everything you ever wanted to know about Shared parental leave but were afraid to ask..

Everything you ever wanted to know about Shared parental leave but were afraid to ask..

As we approach the third anniversary of the launch of shared parental leave on 05/04//2015 I started thinking about why the uptake is so poor. Most of the online focus looks at the financial impacts but there is nothing looking at the personal impact. I’m going to chronicle my journey over the next few weeks primarily looking at the impacts on day to day life around work, family, social life etc.. So you’re contemplating joining the exclusive 1% club? You…

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4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

As I am now in my 5th week of shared parental leave I thought I would share some of my learnings so far with two daughters under two, 1, ITS AWESOME! No but serious its fantastic and one of the best decision we have ever made as a family, yes it can be taxing at times and there are no clocking off times or lunchtime when you can switch off but the smiles and giggles make it all worth while…

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Rhythm and Rhyme for the first time..

Rhythm and Rhyme for the first time..

Hi, What an exciting first week on additional paternity leave we have had. We had our first solo rhythm and rhyme session with the little lady last week and do you know what? Despite my reservations prior to going, it wasn’t actually too bad! I had a fine Balance to achieve, too early and I’m sitting making small talk for longer than necessary, too late and I’m plunged into a seat good knows where, where I may be forced into…

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In the beginning..

In the beginning..

Hi, I suppose best start at the beginning. I am a first time father in Northern Ireland with a 6 month old daughter. I recently joined the exclusive club of the 2% of eligible fathers who take additional paternity leave (APL),according to BBC news. I can verify from the confused looks I got and still get when talking about APL that the 2% may actually be an overestimate, there is just so little information freely out there for fathers considering…

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