I took the maximum amount of paternity leave possible. And I enjoyed the experience so much I quit my career as a digital agency marketer and became a full-time, stay-at-home dad. I’ve never been one to obsess over what others think of me — least of all my bosses. So this move wasn’t exactly out of character. I’m in the (possibly annoying) habit of reminding myself and others that “it’s just a job.” I know that no matter what the job market looks like, I can always find another job. Maybe it will suck more and pay less, but hey… it’s just a job. Every single amazing moment of my son’s life only happens once. And I’m a lot more interested in being around for as many moments as possible than I am in being worried about what my boss or coworkers think of my decisions.
I couldn’t agree with you more. Dads need to buck the norm and proclaim as loudly as possible that family comes first. Changes to paternity leave policies will happen much faster if dads demand them.