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 - 2:07pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>Didn't you say that you went back to work when one of your children was 6 weeks old? </p>

Leaving an infant must have been harder than leaving a 1 year old. 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:10pm
springfever2013 wrote:
<p>Didn't you say that you went back to work when one of your children was 6 weeks old? </p>

Leaving an infant must have been harder than leaving a 1 year old. 

I think the longer you bond at home, the harder it is. Not that it was not hard to leave a 12 week old, as I did it twice but  if I was home a year with a child and was with them everyday, it would be harder on me and the child. 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:11pm

There's no hard rule about separation anxiety, when it starts, when it peaks b/c it varies by child hence the age frame... But distraction does help. 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:19pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>Didn't you say that you went back to work when one of your children was 6 weeks old? </p>

I started back to work part time at 6 weeks after I had DD, but it was fewer than 20 hours per week, and she was with DH the whole time.  I worked short shifts, so I even breastfed without pumping.  

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:22pm

I started back to work part time at 6 weeks after I had DD, but it was fewer than 20 hours per week, and she was with DH the whole time.  I worked short shifts, so I even breastfed without pumping.  

Oh, ok. I don't know many women who go back earlier than 12 weeks. Would your company not hold your job for you?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:23pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<blockquote><div style="font-weight:bold"><em>springfever2013</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;Didn't you say that you went back to work when one of your children was 6 weeks old? &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote><p style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"></p><p style="font-size:13px; text-align:left">Leaving an infant must have been harder than leaving a 1 year old. </p><p style="font-size:13px; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:small"><strong>I think the longer you bond at home, the harder it is. Not that it was not hard to leave a 12 week old, as I did it twice but  if I was home a year with a child and was with them everyday, it would be harder on me and the child. </strong></span></p>

Children are different too, Even within the same family, Lol. I was lucky to leave DD1 at 6 mos with an awesome sitter and for a while after DD2 was born I still sent her there b/c she was so good and I liked the break!  I don't remember ever leaving DD2 with anybody outside an occassional weekend sitter here and there, She was a more difficult preschooler.  DS was great in any setting but I think he got used to waiting his turn quick, Lol.  He was a great preschooler and he's a great kid now, They all are. 

 

 

 


 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 2:52pm

springfever2013 wrote:
Oh, ok. I don't know many women who go back earlier than 12 weeks. Would your company not hold your job for you?

I wasn't working for a company.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 3:06pm
springfever2013 wrote:
Oh, ok. I don't know many women who go back earlier than 12 weeks. Would your company not hold your job for you?

I wasn't working for a company.

What made you go back working after only 6 weeks? Were you totally self-employed?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 4:13pm

springfever2013 wrote:
What made you go back working after only 6 weeks? Were you totally self-employed?

I was a graduate student.  I could have had more time off probably, but 6 weeks was enough, since it was very part time.  I think I worked about 10 hours away from home and another 10 hours or so from home.  It was actually much, much easier than going back to work full time with my DS after 12 weeks.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 6:23pm

jamblessedthree 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>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 <em>just right</em> dcp is essential. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>

I was out eight months with my older one.  He never had any separation anxiety.  It's just his personality.  The younger one was not quite five months old when I went back to work, and he was miserable.

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