There’s no doubt that mothers returning to work after taking a break (whether that be up to 12 months of parental leave, or a longer break to focus on caring responsibilities) benefit from the knowledge, mindset tools and strategies that we provide in our self-coaching Parental Leave programs. Transitioning to and from extended leave, and learning to integrate your home and work commitments isn’t easy. And whilst in Australia, the majority of mothers currently retain the role of primary carer, the winds of change are strengthening as an increasing number of fathers choose to more equally share this role with their partners.
When we truly share parenting, research and lived experience shows that everybody wins.
In Australia in 2017, only five percent of Dads accessed primary carer parental leave, and this is a statistic that we’d love to see change. This is another reason why we are so thrilled to announce that we have expanded our Positive Parental Leave program offering to include a specially designed program for Dads.
It’s no secret that the psychology of men and women differ, as does the nature of the challenges they face as they embark on parenthood. This is why we have tailored a program specifically for Mums as well as a program for Dads.
There is still much work to be done by organisations to better support and promote our mothers and our fathers as they seek to grow their careers and their families, and our expanded program offering has been designed so that it works alongside existing policies and strategies, with virtually no impact on current IT systems, so implementation is easy.
Employers of choice offer multiple options to support their parents, recognising that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t best practice. Accommodating the varied requirements of their team members during this challenging stage of transition is proving to be an effective way to support them to meet the challenges of starting and raising a family, and remain a contributing and valuable member of the team.