If you had your druthers: what's the ideal amount of leave?
Here in Oregon, Activistas are working hard to build awareness and support around the paid family leave bill that our state legislators are considering right now. How dreamy would that be? Paid family leave?
Anyway, I write in the context of today's world. I am expecting, and I am working on a plan to tell my office the "news". Being a small nonprofit organization, our employee manual has very little to say on the subject of family leave. It's basically your standard FMLA stuff, which is fine and dandy, but there may be some room for negotiation. My organization has shown me in the past that they're willing to support me and my family to retain me. With my first two pregnancies, I was ineligible for FMLA because I hadn't been in my job for the requisite 12 months/1250 hours.
Let's just say that it didn't matter whether the leave was paid or unpaid (obviously, this is SO hypothetical). Let's just say that we were just gathering other mamas' and papas' perspectives on how much time they did and didn't take off to be with their newly born and adopted babies. How much is enough? Did you take enough time? Would you have taken more? Would you have taken less? Would you aim for a year? Would you opt to take less to maintain your career? Would you take more to maximize your time with the new baby? If you had your druthers, how much maternity/paternity leave would you take?