Liverpool news 'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Warrington mum said sharing maternity leave created a beautiful bond between her husband and their baby girl

Liverpool news 'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Warrington mum said sharing maternity leave created a beautiful bond between her husband and their baby girl

Liverpool news  'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com
18 October 2020 - 18:00

Breaking News ! A mum has spoken about her experience of sharing parental leave with her husband saying 'dads can wipe bums too' and these stereotypes need to be broken. When Rebecca Oxtoby, 29, figured out that she was able to share her parental leave with her partner through word of mouth prior to the birth of their daughter, she decided to take up the opportunity. According to a new survey commissioned by financial services company Legal & General - she's not alone. The research revealed 62% of dads would like to use shared parental leave laws to split their time off more evenly with mums, however, 42% of mums are opposed to using the new laws. Author of Mum's the Word: The Sh*t Nobody Tells You About Parenthood, Rebecca said: "Both my husband and I work in the public sector and had heard that people were able to share parental leave, though nobody we knew had done it before. "I suggested to my husband Daniel that we give it a go. I was conscious of the fact that he wanted to be a 'hands-on dad', so I wanted to see how we could facilitate him being home for longer than the typical three weeks paternity leave and annual leave allowances. Find things to do with your family where you live by adding your postcode: "Danny was at first a little reluctant, only because he didn't know whether his work would allow it, as again, our experience was that nobody had even asked to do this before." Rebecca, from Warrington, approached her HR department at work to set things in motion, but they were unsure of the process as shared parental leave was never something they had dealt with before. In fact, despite the high demand from men to split parental leave, the take up is actually incredibly low with some estimates suggesting that just 1% of parents have used the laws, according to the TUC. Daniel Oxtoby shared parental leave with his wife so he could spend more time with his daughter Isabelle When it came to how they actually split their time, Rebecca and Daniel wanted to make sure they could spend regular periods of time together with their newborn. Rebecca had an allocated 12 months of maternity leave and decided to give one month of it to her husband Daniel.

. "Daniel combined that month with his annual leave which he then split into weekly periods and used across the span of my maternity, which worked out as one week in every six weeks off together. This way, we were able to spend time together with the baby. She is such a Daddy's girl and it's beautiful to see." Read More Related Articles 'I should be buying baby clothes not flowers for his grave' - brave mums tell of baby loss for Wave of Light Read More Related Articles Liverpool mum battled depression to build her own events and party business Rebecca said Daniel having more time off has allowed him to form a better bond with his daughter than she imagines he would have if he only used his allotted three-week paternity time. On splitting parental leave again should they have another child, Rebecca said: "Absolutely, if anything, more so! Coming from a high-powered and demanding career pre-birth, I struggled to be just 'Mum' at home every day. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here "Having Daniel around more would allow me time to find myself earlier. Ultimately, we live in a society which is coming closer to valuing parental input more equally." Rebecca also wants to break down gender stereotypes within the family unit. She said: "I'm really passionate about bringing Isabelle up in a household where she knows that Mama can be the one who goes to work and earns the most money, and Daddy can spend time wiping bums and making tea. Let's break the stereotypes."

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Liverpool news 'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news 'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news 'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news 'Dads can wipe bums too' mum's experience of shared parental leave MetiNews.Com

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