Reflecting on our experience of Shared Parental Leave

On Friday my husband spent his last day at home caring for our son.  This week our little boy started with his childminder and my husband returned to work.  He’d met up with his colleagues for after work drinks on the Thursday and had a chat with his managers about his role returning to the company.

I’ve taken some time to reflect over the past 10 months of our shared parental journey and share my thoughts with you.

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Things I learnt when my brother-in-law moved to Denmark

Two weeks ago we said farewell to my brother in law who has finally made the move to be with his long-term girlfriend in Denmark.  They have been long distance for almost the entirety of their relationship so it’s great to finally see them living together.  Now that he has somewhat settled into his new home, I had a chance to reflect on what his life changing move has had on us.

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Where to live? Our predicament

*ugh, this post took far longer to write than I ever intended. Sometimes life just gets in the way!*

Earlier this afternoon we signed a contract with our new childminder who will be looking after our son three days a week starting in May when we both return to work full time.  I will be applying for childcare vouchers and my husband has drafted his application for flexible working to send to his manager tomorrow.

One of our dilemmas with our house hunt has been where we want to eventually settle.  We currently live in Zone 3 London however my husband’s family live about 90 minutes out of the city.

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Shared Parental Leave: How we choose to afford childcare

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my husband and I opted for shared parental leave rather than the traditional 12 months maternity leave on offer in the UK.  I went on maternity leave in May last year until December and then my husband took over from the start of this year until May.

In this post I want to go a little bit more into why we chose this for our family, how we set it up and some of the perks and challenges along the way.

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