Men taking parental leave – it can work! (ep61)

Men taking parental leave – it can work! (ep61)

It’s not every day that you hear about a man taking parental leave – and definitely not for a period of greater than 3 months. Luke Mitchell did just that.  

Luke is a father of three boys and a management consultant at PWC.  He is also a keen advocate of flexible working and innovative parental leave policies.  

Our discussion with Luke is open and honest. We talk about: 

  • How the implementation by PWC of a paid 18 weeks parental leave policy (for either parent) was the game changer that led to him taking parental leave with not just one, but two, of his children. 
  • The incredible statistic that in the last 12 months more men than women took parental leave in the PWC Perth office. 
  • The biggest benefits to Luke being the chance to create solid bonds with his sons and to help his wife resume and further her career. 
  • How parental leave can look different when taken by a father as opposed to a mother and how reading The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb changed his thinking. 
  • Misconceptions that people have asking questions like “What are you going to do all day?” and telling him to “Enjoy his break”. 
  • Tips for other dads who want to take parental leave such as co-parenting from the beginning to ease the fear of being solely responsible for your child. 
  • The important of communicating with your partner, work and everyone on a consistent basis. 
  • How Luke’s wife feels about her husband being feted for doing what many women feel all dads should be doing as a matter of course.

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Happy juggling! 


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