Weekend Reading – the last days of parental leave edition

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Wow I can’t believe it’s Friday already and that May is just around the corner. This only meant that my 2 week parental leave is almost over. When Baby T2.0 was born, I originally planned to take 3 weeks of parental leave. Due to work commitments and other factors, I had to break the leave into two. It has been a blast spending time at home with the kids and Mrs. T  and the 2 weeks has given me a small taste what Financial Independence would look like. I plan to write more about this valuable experience later. I’m certainly going to enjoy the last few days of my parental leave.

The 2 week leave certainly would explained why I haven’t been posting as much on this blog but I still managed to purchase some high quality dividend stocks during this time. I also provided some details on when we had our financial epiphany. Although it has been tough finding time to write blog posts, I have written down a few topic ideas that I hope to elaborate later. I’m very excited about these topics and I’m looking forward to write more about them.

Here are some articles that I really enjoyed reading the last couple of weeks:

Berry wrote about 5 Financial Mistakes He’d Like to do Over.

Mark had a great summary on Saving and investing resources for newbies.

Mr. Zombie explained Why Should you Bother Saving.

Bobby asked Would You Take a $7,600 Pay Cut for Work-Life Balance?

Distilled Dollar explained Four Phases of Financial Independence.

Kali wrote about Lessons Learned from a Year of Travel.

Marie explained The Ins and Outs of Income Trusts.

Early Retirement Guy wrote about Working out the value of your time.

Sam at Financial Samurai thinks that Early Retirement Is Exactly Like Being An Entrepreneur

Mr. FireStation explained The 5 Phases of Retirement.

Maggie wrote about The 4 Year Potential.

Joe explained that yes, You can retire with a median income.

Roadmap2Retire welcomed a baby girl to their family. Congrats to the first time parents!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    The Financial Tech
    April 29, 2016 at 7:10 am

    The paternity leave I had made me want more than ever to be FI. Now, I also want to have more time for my second baby. I found that going back so fast to work that I’m missing so much moment of my baby.

    Enjoy your last couple day in parental leave 🙂

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      It’s amazing how much skills they learn and develop on a daily basis. It’s a shame that I miss some of these daily developments because of work.

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    Matt @ Distilled Dollar
    April 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for the mention!

    I’ve read half of these articles (all great) so thanks for putting this list together. I’m looking forward to reading the other half!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Hope you enjoyed the other half. 🙂

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    ambertreeleaves
    April 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Very ice that these 2 weeks tasted a little like FI. I do have the same feeling when I spend a week at home, taking care of the girls and hanging out with them.
    The hard truth… I can be happy when work starts again. What does this tell me? Knowing myself, I need variation. SO, FI would need to be varied for me…

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      FI would definitely need to be varied for you. That’s great you already know what you want.

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    Maggie
    April 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Sorry you had to cut your paternity leave short! FI will be so sweet! Enjoy the last few days and thanks for the mention!

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      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      FI will indeed be very sweet. Very much looking forward to it.

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    Roadmap2Retire
    April 29, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the mention and the wishes, Tawcan.

    Sorry to hear that you have to return to work a week earlier than planned. Makes you want to work harder to reach FI doesn’t it?

    Best wishes
    R2R

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      An accelerated journey to FI seems like a really good idea right now. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank
    April 30, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Wish you’d have more parental leave, Taw. Thanks for the a great list of posts.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks Jayson.

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    My Own Advisor
    April 30, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Very happy to hear you enjoyed your leave 🙂 Great stuff.

    Thanks for the mention and enjoy your weekend.
    Mark

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend too Mark.

  • Reply
    Mortimer
    April 30, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Glad you enjoyed your (too short) leave! It’s a shame how little parents, and especially mother’s get these days. But more motivation for FIRE is always good!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Would be awesome if my employer pays 100% of my salary when I go on leave… but that’s the sad reality of parental leave in North America.

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    Financial Slacker
    April 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Ms. Financial Slacker started working from home as soon as our first child was born. I was able to start working from home when my oldest was about 3 years old.

    It’s been great being around them so much and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

    Do what you can do to find that flexibility.

    And congratulations on your new baby.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      April 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      That’s totally awesome that you’ve been able to work from home and spending more time at home. I’d love to do that same in the future.

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    Team CF
    May 1, 2016 at 4:15 am

    It’s a pity that you could only enjoy two weeks time off. Hope you find some time in the (near) future to spend some more time with the family. As noted earlier, we divided up the parental/maternity leave into 42 weeks for Mrs. CF and 10 weeks for Mr. CF were we doubled up at the end of the parental leave to travel. Highly recommended!

    Oh, and thanks for the homework 😉

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      May 2, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      I’d love to take more time off. We’ll see if I can do that in the near future.

  • Reply
    our next life
    May 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Good luck transitioning back to work! I hope it’s not too painful. And we all understand if you need to be light on the posts for a while — you have better things to worry about. 🙂

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      May 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      My inbox literally exploded while I was away. 😐

  • Reply
    Joe
    May 2, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks for the link!
    2 weeks is so little. I took my sabbatical when Jr. was born. I had 8 weeks + 3 weeks of vacation. It was awesome and I didn’t want to go back to work at all.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      May 2, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Joe,

      Oh man, I’d love to take a sabbatical. 8 weeks + 3 weeks of vacation sounds wonderful. It’s a bit tough since when I’m on parental leave I don’t get paid, just collecting minimum employment insurance.

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    Mr Zombie
    May 2, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    “It has been a blast spending time at home with the kids and Mrs. T and the 2 weeks has given me a small taste what Financial Independence would look like.” That’s awesome 🙂 Sounds pretty motivating my man!

    Thanks for the link 😀

    There’s 2 weeks paternity leave in the UK as well…it seems like such a tiny amount for a huge event in your life. That’s why we save, right? So we got options! Hope you’re not too tired on your first few weeks back haha!

    Mr Z

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      Tawcan
      May 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      2 week paternity leave is way too short. Government should make it mandatory to have 1 year full paid paternity leave IMO. People will be much happier this way.

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    Dividendsdownunder
    May 3, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Sorry that your time has come to an end, it seems to have gone by so fast. I hope your extra motivation from FI makes FI come quicker for you.

    Tristan

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      Tawcan
      May 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      It’s definitely a motivation to get to FI quicker.

  • Reply
    MrSLM
    May 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I wass lucky enough to get nearly 4 months paid paternity leave when the first little guy rolled around. Awesome experience, couldn’t believe how easy it was to forget weork ever existed. Huge motivation now to get to FIRE.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      May 5, 2016 at 7:51 am

      4 months paid paternity leave would be awesome, wish I could get that.

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