Parental leave with older child

General Details
Network:
Working mother
Profession:
Asset Management
Type of leave:
Shared Parental
Number of years professional experience:
More than 20 years
Length of leave:
2-3 months
Type of experience:
Neutral
Work pattern on return:
Part-time
Message I took parental leave earlier this year to be with my 17 year-old daughter before, during and after a serious operation. I went on leave just after a reorganization was announced in my department and I was not happy with my allocated new role. I am so glad I took the time with my daughter as I worked a lot when my daughter was younger and was not always around when she was ill. It taught me patience and enabled me to give encouragement during her recovery and we grew even closer. When I returned to work, I went into my new role with renewed enthusiasm and it is proving to be reasonably OK. I think it helped that I had a long break (9 weeks) to get used to the idea.
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