Yahoo Expands Maternity Benefits

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Yahoo Expands Maternity Benefits
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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 12:26pm

Marissa Meyer has extended family leave benefits, both mothers and fathers can take up to eight weeks of paid leave with benefits, and new mothers can get an additional eight weeks: 

But it doesn't only make sense from a public relations standpoint, observers said. The new policy could fit into a broader corporate strategy to attract and retain more talent and ultimately improve Yahoo's financial performance.

"It's a smart move," said Rachel Sklar, a New York-based blogger and founder of The Li.st, an organization dedicated to elevate the status of women in New Media and technology. "It suggests a long-term strategy. This is a great precedent."

Read more: http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/04/30/17984737-yahoo-expands-maternity-leave-after-banning-telecommuting?lite

The article also says that she's following the standards set by other company, they report that Google gives up to five months and Facebook is four.  While I'm excited to see her implement this new policy, which will ease a lot of stress off of parents, I also have some questions.

The longest maternity leave I took was twelve weeks.  From my own experiences, six weeks is just way too short, but think that more than 12-14 weeks is too long.   You are more out of touch with what is happening in the office, and from a daycare aspect, makes it harder for the child to adjust to a new caregiver.  It never seems to go as well when the child is older and they are introduced to new surroundings, it can be very stressful on everyone.  

What do you think about Meyers changing maternity benefits?   What do you feel is the optimum amount of maternity leave for both moms and dads?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 12:43pm

Good for her!  I am really irritated that every single article that is written about this highly successful and talented woman is couched in this whole "she's a working mom" thing.  I mean, really?  "Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who sparked an uproar and hurt her image as a working mom when she banned telecommuting two months ago, is now offering employees generous new family leave benefits."

In any case, 16 weeks is great, but I think new moms should be able to take off much longer.  Maybe not necessarily paid, but really going back to work when your baby is 6 weeks or 12 weeks isn't a pleasant experience-- especially if they aren't sleeping through the night and start reverse cycling.  6 months, once they are eating some solid food, would be much better.  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:09pm

I think that is great too but IME, it is easier for separation anxiety when they go to daycare at 12 weeks vs. 6 months. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:24pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>I think that is great too but IME, it is easier for separation anxiety when they go to daycare at 12 weeks vs. 6 months. </p>

Having returned to work when my first born was 6 mos old I agree.  Returning to work earlier than 6 mos was more about separation anxiety for me than her, Lol.  And finding that just right dcp is essential. 

 

 

 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:39pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>I think that is great too but IME, it is easier for separation anxiety when they go to daycare at 12 weeks vs. 6 months. </p>

I went back to work with my DS at 12 weeks, while my mom watched him.  He had much more separation anxiety than my DD who started daycare at 12 months.  She was like, "Bye mom, don't let the door hit you on the way out."  I really think going back to work earlier to prevent separation anxiety is a really stupid notion.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:42pm

I went back to work with my DS at 12 weeks, while my mom watched him.  He had much more separation anxiety than my DD who started daycare at 12 months.  She was like, "Bye mom, don't let the door hit you on the way out."  I really think going back to work earlier to prevent separation anxiety is a really stupid notion.

I didn't say that is why women should go back earlier. IME with my kids and other kids in daycare that I observed, the older kids had a harder time. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:48pm

geschichtsgal wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">springfever2013</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;I think that is great too but IME, it is easier for separation anxiety when they go to daycare at 12 weeks vs. 6 months. &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>I went back to work with my DS at 12 weeks, while my mom watched him.  He had much more separation anxiety than my DD who started daycare at 12 months.  She was like, "Bye mom, don't let the door hit you on the way out."  I really think going back to work earlier to prevent separation anxiety is a really stupid notion.</p>

You said 6 months.  And by a preschool age (12-18 months - 4 years) I'd say most kids are fine separating themselves from mommy and daddy b/c they're distracted by other things.  6 months is still a needy, in-between stage. 

 

 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:53pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<strong>I didn't say that is why women should go back earlier. IME with my kids and other kids in daycare that I observed, the older kids had a harder time. </strong>

My experience contradicts your experience, so you're going to have to better than "because I said so" if you want to convince me.  From what I understand, separation anxiety usually peaks between 12mo. and 24mo. and affects kids who have been in daycare since 6 weeks just as much as kids who have just started daycare.  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:54pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
You said 6 months.  And by a preschool age (12-18 months - 4 years) I'd say most kids are fine separating themselves from mommy and daddy b/c they're distracted by other things.  6 months is still a needy, in-between stage.

Actually, most kids don't start experiencing separation anxiety until about 8mos.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 1:57pm
Article from Mayo Clinic: "Between ages 8 and 12 months, children often experience a period of separation anxiety." "Separation anxiety usually peaks between ages 10 and 18 months. Most children outgrow separation anxiety by age 24 months." http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/separation-anxiety/DS01173
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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:03pm

Didn't you say that you went back to work when one of your children was 6 weeks old? 

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