I’m the father of two kids, a 5 month old (Abby) and an almost five year old (Bela). When Abby was born, I was incredibly blessed to receive two months paid time off from Meetup, where I work as a software engineer. For my first daughter, Bela, I was given a week paid time off (which I was grateful for) but we decided to spend through our savings so I could take a few months leave.
I always tell other dads that taking that initial time off to bond and learn together with the new baby was one of the best decisions I ever made. That initial time is just so important — not just for bonding and emotional understanding, but for feeling like an equal and competent parent and being in tune with what’s going on with your lil’ one! I feel like it gave me a critical & deep foundation for parenting that I’m incredibly grateful for.
Everyone needs paid family leave so they can have the same opportunity.