While the doctor was doing our very first ultrasound, and after she told us that we were pregnant with twins, I turned to Sarah and said, “So – I guess this means I’m going to need to take a full week off from work now, huh?”
Of course, I was joking, but paternity leave is something that I really don’t know much about. Our first poll on Dazed Dad has to do with paternity leave. I work full-time as a minister in a church and will be having some conversations with folks at church about paternity leave in the next few weeks. Timing works out pretty well for Sarah – as she will have finished her course work for her PhD this fall, and so doesn’t have to mess with trying to figure out how to get time off from work.
But as far as what is normal for fathers who work – I’d be interested in hearing what those of you who have had children have done. Down below the jump, you’ll find an interactive poll that you can use to leave your response as to how long fathers should take off for paternity leave. Please select one of the options, or add your own if you want.
Thanks in advance for all of your thoughts and comments on this issue.