Though we wish all companies gave a generous paternity leave for dads to, you know, be dads, that just hasn’t happened yet. LinkedIn, however, does give 12 weeks of fully paid leave for dads to welcome their babies into this world. These 12 weeks can also be spread out so dads can be sure to witness all sorts of milestones throughout their baby’s first year. Bradley Lawrence, a senior manager of customer success at LinkedIn, posted a video that shows exactly why those 12 weeks were so important to him.
Bradley said that just before his daughter’s first birthday, he took the last two weeks left in his paternity leave to spend time at home with his family. This video of his pantsless 3-year-old son helping his daughter learn to walk gives us a good idea of what his leave looked like throughout the year. And it’s pretty darn cute.
“Anyone who knows me knows it’s hard for me to slow down, particularly at work, but it all became clearer in this moment, when our son Henry started helping our daughter Caroline walk,” Bradley wrote. “She still hasn’t mastered it on her own, but she’s the got the right partner to learn, even if he takes his pants off sometimes in the middle of the day.” LOL.
This is just one reason why we love LinkedIn and all the other awesome companies that offer paid parental leave, for both moms and dads.
The viral post racked up a handful of comments, most of which touched on how cute the kiddos are, but also how important it is to “let loose” as little Henry does in the video.
“The idea of stepping out of the uniform for a bit in the middle of the day should be more common and something we shouldn’t lose from our youth. Whether it is stepping out to take a walk or taking a few minutes to finish a chapter in a book, stepping outside of the uniform of work briefly can help keep things in perspective,” Jesse Howard, a cloud operations manager from Texas, said.
“Thanks, LinkedIn, for helping me be a dad first.” Bradley wrote.
It seems like leave not only helps dads be better dads and moms be better moms—but we get some ridiculously cute videos from it, too. Now if every company could implement a policy as great as this one, then we would really be thankful.