What’s important about a father’s parental leave? What does it offer that is critical and valuable?
I believe that maternity leave for men—which I like to describe as ‘parental leave’—is truly important especially when we look at equality from the other side. Equal means equal all the way around.
I believe that businesses should move toward offering this as soon as possible. There is a huge benefit when men have an opportunity to be part of those early days –for them to bond with their child, to be able to hold that tiny infant, to nurture it and be part of those first few months when there is so much change and development. Watch this video below to learn more.
Connection to family allows a father to be more centered emotionally and reduces his anxiety about his wife and child. Once they become fathers, the men I know are so incredibly focused on providing for the families. You hear it all the time; it is constantly on their minds–“I just want to be a good provider.”
Contrary to when I was born, today men participate in all the wonderful drama of being in the delivery room. But, within a day or two, mom and baby are settled at home and they have to go straight back to work. I can only imagine how difficult this must be. For both their emotional well-being and their productivity, maternity leave for men is the right thing to offer.
I hope that, if you are a manager or company owner, you agree and have instituted better policies. Even if you are not in a position to make this change at your workplace I’d like to hear your thoughts about parental leave. Is this a good thing? Should employers offer it?
Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly-successful global business, and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement and corporate growth.
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