Dads Parental Leave

Once baby is born, many parents have access to 3 types of Leave:

  • Maternity Leave – for Mom – 6 to 15 weeks
  • Paternity Leave – for Dad – 3 to 5 days
  • Parental Leave – for Mom or Dad –  6 to 12 months

Once upon a time, there was only Maternity Leave because it was an assumption Mom would take the Leave.  Although the extended leave period is now aptly titled, Parental Leave, the majority of parents on Parental Leave are Moms.

Times are changing.

How Parental Leave is divided is up to the parents. For example, for a 12 month Leave, Mom can take 9 months and Dad can take 3, or 6 months each, or Mom and Dad could take 6 months together.  Regardless:

There is a growing number of Dads taking Parental Leave.


For the forward-thinking, stereotype-busting Dads you find here on DadsRT, this post may seem like a simple informational tidbit, a non-issue.

That’s the way it should be.



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  1. When my youngest was born, my wife took her three months off. I think she actually might have taken four months due to California laws (it’s where he company was based) after she used up her time I took my three months off. It was completely unpaid minus the vacation time that I had use up first. It was a GREAT three months and gave me the opportunity to bond with my little guy in a way that I never could have otherwise.

    • James Hudyma says:

      As a teacher I have the ultimate family-hours. I’m home by 4pm, have weekends and all holidays off, and of course, summers. My wife took the leaves and for both leaves, it was the best for her and for our family. Parental Leave is 12 months in Alberta.

  2. I was getting calls from my boss not 5 days later… The positive side was that my wife was able to take the entire year off for 1st born and half for 2nd. She always talks about how special/important that time was.

    • James Hudyma says:

      Too bad about your boss but it’s so awesome your wife got to spend that precious time with her boys. I know some people have so many financial burdens they barely get 6 weeks with their little one.

  3. AskAGreatDad says:

    I found it very difficult to run the businesses I managed during the cruical leave periods. I used all my vacation and personal days with both children. Even though I was suppossed to be concentrating on my family, I found myself constantly answering calls & emails from work. The laws are there to protect you, however not every company respects them. Another reason I made the decision to leave those organizations

    • James Hudyma says:

      The point of the leave is to be able to give your undivided attention to your new baby without the burden of work stress. I guess these companies don’t truly understand the value of family.

  4. James Hudyma says:

    Thanks again to for being so supportive of DadsRT.

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