I’m taking a year off to be a stay at home dad

I’m totally pumped about this, so excited.

Why am I doing this? Because I want to. And, it turns out that I can. And when those two possibilities come together, why wouldn’t I?

Wanting to is the easy part. Being able to is more complex, but has worked out and that’s fantastic!

My wife is going back to work after mat leave, so the timing is what it is. When son number 2 was born last year I spent a month at home with the family. It happened to coincide with Christmas break, so son number 1 was also at home with us and being together as a family was awesome and felt so the idea was planted in my head and we spent a whole lot of time thinking through whether we could make it work.

We can.

Financially, it will be tight, but we can do it. Work wise, my employer has agreed to give me a leave of absence and even a bit of part-time/freelance work with them over the year, so return to work uncertainty isn’t there, which is extremely helpful.

It’s all coming together and I’m so excited.

There are a lot of reasons why I want to do this and I’ll write about those later. For now, I just wanted to get the word out. After November 15th, I’ll be at home.

It will be the most important “work” I’ve ever done. And, it’s going to be awesome.

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marco

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

5 Responses to “I’m taking a year off to be a stay at home dad”

  1. Andrew Griffith says:

    Good for you! Enjoy.

  2. MarleneO says:

    So excited for you! Love the combination of your two reasons and hooray for ‘financially tight’ but ‘reward plentiful’ decisions!

  3. Mary Chivers-Harkins says:

    Congratulations Marco! You’re right when you say this is the most important work you have ever done and
    I know you will shine. Enjoy 🙂

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