Shared Parental leave (SPL) is a subject very close to my heart. I have written about it many a time and being a dad blogger, I have generally focused on the benefits to fathers of taking an extended period of leave from the workplace when a newborn child arrives on the scene. This only tells part of the story. I was curious to find out what benefits a mum might experience when dad takes several months SPL.
I am, therefore, delighted to present a first person account from mum of two Nicola Gilroy. Nicola’s husband Ben took a total of eight months SPL after the arrival of their second child, Jasmin. This allowed Nicola to return to work after a month and while she admits it ‘wasn’t a breeze’, working as a team had all sorts of unforeseen benefits. I think it makes for a very uplifting story and shows SPL, a policy that often comes in for criticism, can work well (and if you like this article, please have a read of this one where dad Hamish Read talks about his experiences of taking SPL)
Nicola Gilroy and husband Ben with their children Jasmin (left) and Frankie (right). Nicola was able to return to work when Ben took eight months shared parental leave.
Over the the past couple of months I have been publishing interviews with fathers who have achieved better work / life balance by starting their own businesses. I purposefully decided not to feature individuals from the blogging world (a bit too close to home) but today I am breaking my own rule. I’m delighted to be speaking with Tom Briggs who writes the Diaryofthedad blog.
Tom Briggs takes a break from writing his multi-award winning blog to take a stroll along the beach with his offspring.
May I introduce you to Martin Williams, working dad and founder of Radar PR? Martin is the fourth individual brave enough to feature in my series about men who set up their own companies to achieve better work / life balance.
Martin Williams of radar PR talks about life as a working dad and balancing work and family.
In my latest article highlighting dads seeking to improve work / life balance, I speak to Claus Stig Christensen who runs classic car rental company BookAClassic.
Claus Stig Christensen, founder of BookAClassic and his daughter Filippa in their ‘Old Lady’ Jaguar.
Since I established this blog, I’ve written a lot about how parents are attempting to balance work and family life.
Alex Hirst, co-founder of the Hoxby Collective of freelancers. Burn-out working 9-5 led Alex to create a more flexible way of making a living by promoting freelance work.