your decision to be a SAHP or WOHP?
I think it is similar in Denmark, although it may be organized through the "A-kasse," i.e. bundled with unemployment insurance.
The need for temps caused by parental leave is also a good way for young workers to build a resume, and for people to re-enter the work force or change career track. That is how my mother got a job after being a SAHM for 20 years.
If you don't risk anything, you risk even more. Erica Jong
chosing to SAH with every intent of returning to WOH when a paid "maternity leave" is over is not SAH IMO.
I think some of it is mind set. If you know you are going back to work in x months, then you do not necessarily do the same things as you might if you planned to stay for "good". I know I did not foster many new relationships during the time I was home after birth as they would have to end or be curtailed when I went back to work. Instead, I mentioned contact with co-workers (one of which was on maternity leave herself). There were a few groups I did not join because I knew I could only make a few of the activities before I went back to work. There were also a few in the groups that I did attend that were much more standoffish when they found out I wasn't going to be home ft and I was going back to work after 4-5 months.
I see a difference between families that move here to stay and those that move here for a year or two. The ones who move here to stay, tend to put down deeper roots and try to foster close friendships as soon as possible. The ones that move here for a temporary one or two year gig, do not. I see it work the other way too. People here are probably not as open and likely to encourage a tight friendship with someone who will be moving in a year or two.