Mother-in-Law Demands Son Get '2-Week Paternity Vacation' After Birth of Newborn

Gillian Sisley

Should fathers be entitled to a vacation when they have a newborn child?

There is a massive amount of responsibility that comes along with having a child. This sort of life event requires parents to adjust their lifestyle to now navigate around their children, so that they can be the best parents they can be.

It’s no secret that being a parent is a tough job, but it is also one that has to be taken seriously. Parenting is a 24/7, 365 days a year deal, and people never actually get a ‘vacation’ from this commitment.

With that said, some will disagree with this logic. In a recent online post, a mother-in-law books her son a ‘2-week paternity vacation’ after the birth of his first child, and his wife believes this is absolutely foolish.

Should fathers be entitled to a vacation when they have a newborn child?

A Reddit post published on August 9, reported on by Kate Fowler from Newsweek, has gone viral with an impressive 18,200 upvotes and 2,700 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that she’s 37 weeks pregnant, and is about to have her first child. Her partner has specifically taken off 3 weeks from work to be present for the birth, and to help out with the baby in its first few weeks of life.

Though this is all meant to be an exciting time, her mother-in-law isn’t exactly making things easy. The mother-in-law has taken it upon herself to book her son a 2-week ‘paternity vacation’, for the last bit of his paternity leave. She came to dinner one night and ‘surprised’ her son with an all-expenses paid trip to Italy.

The author was incredibly taken aback by this, and immediately felt frustrated with her mother-in-law. She decided to confront her in-law about this supposed vacation.

Childcare needs to be a top priority for parents.

It is important for a newborn’s development to have plenty of time to bond with their parents in the initial few weeks of life. Through physical touch and plenty of tender loving moments, a child’s overall development is optimized through these interactions.

The author immediately told her mother-in-law that her partner’s paternity leave was meant for ‘helping with the baby, not going on vacation’. The in-law, equally taken aback, said that a week of being present after his baby’s birth and ‘helping out’ was ‘enough’, and thus he was entitled to a vacation.

The author pushed more, stating that she wanted her partner to be present for the three weeks after the birth to bond with their baby, which resulted in the mother-in-law beginning to cry because she was so upset. The author’s partner is in favor of going, since his mother already paid for it, but the author is insisting that he not go on the trip so that he can there for the initial few weeks of their daughter’s life.

What do you think? Is the mother-in-law out of line to insist her son go on vacation for the first few weeks of his daughter’s life, leaving his partner all alone? Or does the man deserve a two-week vacation after his partner has given birth to their first child together?

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