I have been delinquent in creating new posts, but like many working professionals, I must travel for my job. As we are travelling down the road to parenthood, I have been thinking about what will be needed for those times when I do have to travel.
In our household I tend to be the scheduler and appointment maker. When the time comes, however, it will be R that will be taking the 37 weeks of parental leave. Fortunately for us, both of our employers offer different levels of salary top up. The downside is that we don’t get the full year off like birth mothers would.. but 37 weeks is enough time to figure out our work plans etc.
For my non Canadian readers; in Canada, mothers who have completed at least six months of work with a company are eligible for a 17-week maternity leave after her pregnancy. Following the maternity leave period, both parents can share the remaining 37 weeks of parental leave, with job security. You then receive Employment Insurance during this time, and some companies will top up your salary during this period.
I just got back from a week of travel, and I’ve had some time to reflect on how this occasional travel will work for us.
Fortunately R’s position does not require him to travel at all, so he will always be home. I found some helpful hints for when parents have to travel for work. Routine is going to be key, and effectively using Facetime or Skype will also be a must when I am away.
Luckily R and I are both listers (he won’t let me leave the house without a grocery list).
In the meantime I’m going to cruise Pinterest for some great organizational tips for working parents!