Mark Zuckerberg Is Taking Paternity Leave & Here's Why It Matters to Your Family

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla ChanBillionaire and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is receiving praise for plans to take paternity leave (two months to be exact) once he and wife Priscilla Chan's daughter arrives. His post has received over 300,000 likes, and further reiterates the need for paid family leave in the United States.

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According to Mark, Facebook employees in the United States receive four months of paid parental leave parents can take throughout the year. That's definitely not the norm, considering the U.S. doesn't mandate paid leave. In fact, the United States, in many ways, lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to paid leave for Mom -- let alone paternity leave for Dad (the more hands you have at home, the better).

Granted, Mark is a billionaire, and does run his own show, but that doesn't make the need for paid parental leave any less important.

Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter's arrival. We've been picking out our favorite childhood...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, November 20, 2015

I think it's pretty cool that Zuckerberg is making the choice to step away from Facebook for a couple of months -- and affords employees the chance to do so with their own families. With more companies providing staff paid family leave (Spotify recently announced they'll give workers up to six months of paid leave -- including parents who adopt, or use a surrogate), one can only hope that the floodgates will open for others to follow suit.

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Let's face it, life takes a turn once you have a child. You need time to adjust, time to bond with your child, and time to recoup. It's sad that 1 in 4 moms goes back to work two weeks postpartum, in fear of being terminated or not having enough to provide for her family, or because the boss says so.

Mark's right: There are benefits to paid parental leave, for both Mom, Dad, and business. We need to do better for the sake of our families.

I truly hope we can catch up with the rest of the world in this arena.

 

 

Image via Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

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