Parental leave. Maternity and paternity leave. We all know that in the U.S. those 12 weeks of maternity leave just aren’t enough. I imagine that it’s really hard for a new mom to leave their newborn baby to go back to work.

Think about it! There are childcare expenses that have to be paid especially if a family member isn’t caring for your child. I cover that in another post here. However, what about the actual parents of the newborn.

While some may be ready to return to work due to the lack of adult conversation, boredom, etc. There are some parents that just want to spend time a bit more time with their child. Well, this food chain offers something that parents can’t refuse.ย Article here.

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Article Highlights:

  • The fast-casual salad shop Sweetgreen is announcing a new company policy to allow its employees to take paid time off.
  • All mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents and those with “new additions to their families” who work for the D.C.-based salad company will receive 5 months of paid parental leave.
  • All mothers, fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents and those with “new additions to their families” who work for the D.C.-based salad company will receive 5 months of paid parental leave.
  • “We believe it’s our responsibility to lead the way given the U.S. is one of the few countries that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents,” the company’s founders.
  • “Nobody makes a bigger impact that our team members – it’s their dedication that allows us to live our mission every day: connecting people to real food.”
  • “This move is rare for our industry and we hope this creates a conversation for other companies to join,” they said.

A Rant in my Spirit:

downloadI truly commend Sweetgreen for taking this step to honor parents and help them adjust to being new parents or parents again. I really wish a lot of other workplaces will follow suit in the future.

While I am not a parent, yet… I cannot imagine having to spend 3 months with my new baby and then it’s back to the hustle and bustle of work again.

3 months. 12 weeks. 90 days. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜  It’s just not enough time.

Especially when there are other countries that offer new mothers and fathers more time than 12 weeks off and they are paid the whole time. I cover that in another post here.

I say all this to say, that something should be done when it comes to time off after having a baby or adopting a child.ย 

Rushing back to work isn’t the best avenue for new parents b/c their focus is going to be somewhere else and that cuts down on work productivity. So, who really loses in this situation? The workplace.

How isn’t this common knowledge yet? Where are the analysts?

While 3 months is the standard of time off and it doesn’t seem to be able to change, at least at my workplace, yet… I guess when my time comes, I will deal. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

…but I won’t be happy about it. ๐Ÿ˜‘

A Word of Advice:

download (1)While I don’t have all the answers, I do have five possible solutions:

  • Either move to a country that allows more time off. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Deal with the bum-ass idea that work is more important than family at some of these workplaces.ย 
  • Try to suckle more time at home with telework or going back part-time at first for a while. You know, to get back in the swing of things. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
  • Don’t return to work at all ๐Ÿ™ƒ
  • Find a way to work from home full-time ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฅฐ

You have to figure out what works best for your workplace, your finances, and your family, as you know it best. โค

Personally, I’d rather move to another country, but that requires more planning and saving than 3 months off with a newbornย allows.ย ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธย