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Changing gears

Posted by PlayGroundology on May 23, 2008

Hoildays are great for so many reasons – the discovery of unfamiliar places and meeting new people, the break from normal routines, the chance to spend more time with family and acquaintances we meet along the way. All of these help us to recharge, renew, relax.

Then there’s the snap back to pre-holiday reality. If we’re fortunate there’s a buffer zone before we have to return work. My zone is looking extremely good from where I sit, 5 ½ months before I need to ride in the 9 to 5 work saddle again.  This is thanks to the birth of our wonderful, wee Nellie-Rose, federal legislation, my employer’s support for parental leave and my wife’s agreement to have me in the house for such an extended period of time.

There are some adjustments to this parental leave experience that are still underway. Financially it will be a bit of a pinch and a squeeze, just not the same amount of dollars coming in and not a significant variation in the dollars going out.

In the areas of childcare and housework there is a real need for us both to explore new roles and responsibilities – the only one I can’t really put myself forward for is breastfeeding. Then there is fitting in the all important recharge time. This should be a bit easier now but I’m very conscious that it needs to be fair and equitable and provide us both with some personal breathing space.

Mélanie and I are feeling our way slowly through these changes. It’s still early days and I think we’ll see more progress as we get a better handle on what each of our expectations are for this gift of time that’s being provided to our little family. 


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