(Closed) How long is your ideal maternity leave?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
Hostess
2882 posts
Sugar bee

I made what was a very difficult decision for me, and left a job I enjoyed to stay at home with my baby.  It was a huge adjustment.  But I just couldn’t put him in daycare. I do miss my old job and my coworkers, but I don’t regret my decision.  It’s definitely not for everyone, but it was right for our family.

I say go for it.  Like you said, it won’t have much impact on your career. And they’re only that young once.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

2-3 years ideally.  Realisitically, maybe up to a year (my company allows for 1 year leave) and then part time, 27 or 36 hours (we work 9 hr days, and 8 hrs every other Friday, so I’d like to work 3 or 4 9 hr days a week).  We’ll have to crunch numbers and come to an agreement on this.

Post # 4
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276 posts
Helper bee

6-9 months. I started working from home part time around 8 weeks with my first because I was super bored and getting depressed. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I would like to be home with them until they go to kinder/school, but in reality I will probably be home with them until the youngest is 2. We are hoping to have them back to back, but who knows what will happen.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’ll be getting about 9 months of maternity leave with my baby (starting on WEDNESDAY, omg). I think I would go completely nuts without working, so I’m planning to work from home as soon as I feel ready, probably around 2-4 months, starting part-time at first.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think I’d want a good 9 months to a year and then go back to work part time (in my ideal world). I already know that I simply cannot return to my current job in its full capacity after we have a baby. I’m a personal assistant and I work all the time; nights, weekends, texts at odd hours. It simply would not work and I’d never see my baby. If they offer me a part time role, then I’d consider it, but otherwise, I’d quit and try to find a new role that’s less stressful and has more set hours. 

We are super fortunate that we can afford for me to stay at home full time, but I feel like I’d go stir crazy…though it’s hard to know until you are in that situation. 

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Excited To Bee:  Definitely sounds like a good plan and I agree, you only get to do this once, 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I’m from Ontario and we get one year (17 weeks maternity and 35 weeks parental which can be taken by mom or dad or a combination), but in an absolutely ideal world I would go back part time at 24 hours a week and work three days. Right now that opportunity would not exist at my current position. They need someone full time. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Excited To Bee:  i would love to have stayed home with my daughter for the first year, however, financially it was not doable. So i went back after 18 weeks off. Same thif will happen if we have a 2nd baby. Once we have a house, ill be able to work part time 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Mu fairytale would be until they started school, but realistically probably 10-12 months. We can’t afford for me to not work for that long and Australia has a good maternity pay for most of that time.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I stayed home until my son was 18 weeks and that was perfect, if not a little too long. I love my job and desperately missed adult interaction. At 18 weeks, my son was sitting up and was active and playful, so I knew he would be great at daycare because he would have people interacting and stimulating him all day. I made an awful Stay-At-Home Mom (especially because it was during a particularly brutal winter so we were trapped inside a lot) and we were both much happier once we were able to get out and socialize with our peers!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’d love 9-12 months, but between short-term disability and FMLA, I’ll only get 3…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

A year would be perfect. Realistically, I’m looking at 4, maybe 5 months, about half of it unpaid (6 weeks of paid maternity leave plus whatever paid vacation days I’ve managed to save up, I’m hoping at least 3-4 weeks).

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would say 6-9mo.  Maybe a year but I might go crazy before then, I am not Stay-At-Home Mom material.  Definitely would say 6mo as a minimum.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Ideally, I’d have a full 6 months off and then spend the next 3-6 months slowly weaning myself away from home. Ideally, I’d just add another work day every month until I was back to full time.

Realistically, when we do have kids, I’ll take 3 months and then move to working part-time.

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