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    I worked for the first time ever when my DD was 18 months at the time I was also studying it was great best decision I'd made I've since stopped doing both as I do have 2 high maintenance children but once DS is 6 months I'm heading back to study. I think it should be on what works best for the family it's their personal choice.

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    @VicPark just because you've not experienced discrimination doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It's a huge issue in this country and many others.

    And men contemplating taking parental leave absolutely experience it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    @VicPark just because you've not experienced discrimination doesn't mean it doesn't exist. It's a huge issue in this country and many others.

    And men contemplating taking parental leave absolutely experience it.
    I agree although I do not think discrimination is that severe. I'm betting that most cases where a woman is a primary carer in bubs first year of life it's because that's what the woman wants.

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    "An international study showed that a mother's future earnings increased by seven per cent on average over a four-year period, for every month of parental leave the father took."

    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ssessment2.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I agree although I do not think discrimination is that severe. I'm betting that most cases where a woman is a primary carer in bubs first year of life it's because that's what the woman wants.
    How much they want and choose to stay home or how much is driven by some extent rooted in culture and social norms and also reflecting economic incentives is very arguable.

    Because a picture speaks thousand words :
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    Australia has one very low workforce participation rate for women in the childbearing age group (25 to 44yo). We are the 8th lowest rate within the OECD. Well behind Sweden, Portugal and Canada.

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    When I had ds I went back to work 2 days a week after having 6 months off only because I wasn't entitled to ppl only the baby bonus which only just covered want I was earning before when I was pregnant. At 6 months ds was on ff as my milk didn't last long as he was mixed fed from day dot due to low blood sugar due to being a big baby. Whenever we talk about having another baby I'm pretty sure my dh would love to have some time off with the baby and I go back to work. I love my kids and I love working too.

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    I'm with @VicPark. All aus govt employees are entitled to two years unpaid leave after each baby for both parents. It's actually time the private sectors stepped up.

    But even tho my husband had access to such leave there was no chance in hell I was going to work FT and leave my babies in their first few years. Besides he is a crap housekeeper.


    wifey of hubby who is always away. mother of two girls who are always amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I agree although I do not think discrimination is that severe. I'm betting that most cases where a woman is a primary carer in bubs first year of life it's because that's what the woman wants.
    It most certainly is. My DH was lucky to get a week off work when DD was born - he worked for the 3 days we were in hospital and then took 1 week annual leave as his employer did not have any paid parental leave entitlements. Legally he could have taken 2 weeks unpaid but why would you. He had huge pressure to return to work. And if he were to have taken time off later on down the track to become the primary care giver he would have been seen as "soft" (he is a tradie). I am the primary earner in our family and career driven so as such I returned to work when DD was 7mo full time and she has been in daycare 10hrs a day 5 days a week since then.
    I would have absolutely loved for my DH to take 3 months off at that time so my young baby didn't have to be in daycare but due to discrimination and strong cultural influences in blue collar workers this couldn't happen.

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    When I had both dd and ds due to my dh being the main income earner and being casual we couldn't afford him to have time off although it would have been nice.

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