My husband took 6 months off with our first child and one month off with our second. On returning to work the first time he came back to work with no support from his firm and was expected to "just get on with it", somewhat difficult when he is in IT and all his accesses had been removed! Second time round he was supposed to take 10 weeks but was only "authorised" to take 4 weeks off. The attitude had changed massively in a 15 months from supportive to if you must attitude. Shame that a bank seemed so supporting to token lip service. At least second time round, because it was only 4 weeks none of his systems had been deleted!
Posted On 14th Dec 2016 at 10:01
Just to say thanks very much for being a supportive Dad and partner. My husband also took a few months off after the birth of our daughter which helped enormously and now does nursery drop off every morning. Without his help I'd really struggle to hold down a decent career at all (and I'm the primary earner which would obviously effect our family enormously!). I completely agree that there is massive discrimination against men taking time out to care for their children and against women for having them in the first place, and until things become more balanced then parents will continue to struggle!