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How To Use Paternity Leave To The Fullest?

By Vijayalakshmi

We have all heard about maternity leave where a working pregnant women is given few months of holidays to enjoy her motherhood. However, this facility which only catered to mothers is no longer what is seemed to be. The pregnancy leave is not just for the new mothers anymore. Many companies are now offering leaves for daddys-to-be, called as paternity leave.

Men are now vouching on taking leave to be at the side of their wives during the pregnancy period to post pregnancy. In initial days when the companies offered the pregnancy leave, many men hesitated to take career leave. However, with the changing times, paternity leaves have become a trend and most men prefer to take leave even during a post pregnancy period of their wives.

Here a some of the tips for the daddys-to-be to make the best use of paternity leave:

Shop for your wife:

During pregnancy it could be hard for your wife to shop for her wardrobe, thus your role is much required at this point of time. Take time out with your wife and get her some of her favourite clothes and make her feel special with your presence.

Indulge in eating:

It is a natural phenomenon that many pregnant women crave to eat and not bother about the calories and weight. This new inculcated habit of your wife can be embarrassing for her. In order to make her get rid of the glutton feeling, indulge yourself in eating and give her a company.

Start cooking:

It could sound weird, but make sure you get on with some household work, especially cooking. Pregnant women tend to feel stressed out easily, hence assist her in some household work like cleaning and cooking which could give her a sense of relief.

Strengthening the role of fathers:

Taking paternity leave gives men an opportunity to develop a stronger bond with their newborn child. The impact of this extends far beyond the paternity leave period.

These are some of the best ways to ensure you enjoy paternity leave. Do you have more ideas to enjoy this career break?

Story first published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 19:00 [IST]
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