your decision to be a SAHP or WOHP?
Possibly. It would depend on other circumstances.
When I left the work force I was in the Air Force and that would never be a possibility for the military. My pregnancy just happened to coincide with a test the Air Force was doing on 4 week maternity leaves for V deliveries. If the results went well then it would have been extended to the other services. Apparently it did not because it was dropped after the test and went back to 6 weeks.
When I had my oldest I went back to work at 3 months and that was absolutely driven by maternity leave and vacation time accrued. I would have jumped at the chance to SAH a year with 85% pay.
When I had my twins we decided I would SAH 3 years (now it's more like 4 years though I am a SAHM-B (SAH with lots of things going on) and also in the Fall will be a WOHFFPT (work outside the home for free part time). I would have still quit my job to SAH as long as we wanted, we decided for health reasons they wouldn't go to daycare until they were older than 3 years old.
No. The only thing that made me reconsider woh was Erica's intolerance for dc. A big reason (main work related reason) I'm switching totally to wah is because at home I don't have fittings. When Joy was born (1978), I only had 6 weeks before I went back to work which was not enough time. When Dylan was born (1998), I was able to take 9 weeks which was just enough time. By that time, I was ready to go back.
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I am not completely sure, maybe someone who lives up that way knows, but I think the way it is paid for is similar to unemployment insurance or disability. So, employees (and there is probably an employer contribution as well) pay into a fund every week, that then pays out leave pay when necessary.
It seems to work in the countries that have this system, and without killing off business.
If you don't risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong
In Sweden, it's paid for by the government through the health insurance (which is ultimately paid for from taxes, both employer and employee). Business do not pay the employee anything while they are on parental leave. Leave for care of sick children is also paid through the health insurance, not the employer.
Many employers use the money saved to hire a temp. Though it can be disrupted at times, it is often also a good opportunity for a company to test out new people with no strings attached (once the contract is up, but person can be out the door).