Category: Dad Stories

Over In A Flash: A Parental Leave Recap

// Fabian is a new father living in Norway who shared his experiences during his 6-month parental leave. // I’m now at the end of six months of parental leave – of which I shared two with my wife and was the primary caregiver for the remaining four months – and it’s time for a quick recap. I’ll elaborate…

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The Morning Routine: Go-Time

// Andrew is a father of two living in the Netherlands who is sharing his experiences during his three-month parental leave. // The key to getting both girls ready to leave the house in the morning is keeping enough momentum for the older not to lose focus and the younger not to feel neglected.

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The Morning Routine: Breakfast

// Andrew is a father of two living in the Netherlands who is sharing his experiences during his three-month parental leave. // The Dutch adage of ‘rust, reinheid en regelmaat’ (rest, cleanliness and regularity) neatly sums up my country’s conventional wisdom on childrearing. Although the maxim seems somewhat rigid, I do find a set rhythm with recognizable little rituals…

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Parental Leave: Plans vs. Reality

Andrew is a new father living in the United States who is sharing his experiences during his 3-month parental leave. I’m a first-time Canadian dad living in the United States. My wife and I recently moved from sunny California to snowy Massachusetts in pursuit of a life closer to family, and with a more affordable cost of living.

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Becoming A Better Dad and Husband

Fabian is a new father living in Norway who is sharing his experiences during his 5-month parental leave. When I first moved to Norway, I noticed a rather high number of men pushing prams in the streets – in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. I soon learned that Norway has one of the…

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The Worst That Happened

Kokes is a new father living in Poland who is sharing his experiences during his 8-week parental leave. In my previous post, I mentioned that my approach towards taking care of a child is best summed as: “what’s the worst that can happen?”. It’s a phrase that’s mostly served me well, but in this post I’d like to briefly…

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