75% consultant, full-time dad — Addicted to Socialism Part 2

In Sweden, parents of small children have the right to cut their time to 75 percent. No questions asked.

I just returned to work after six months of parental leave.  With Norah newly in preschool, I tried 100 percent.  But it wasn’t working. Not with my wife very pregnant and in much pain. Not with a toddler in the biggest transition of her life.

This is exactly why we moved to Sweden.  In America, with no local network of family and friends, our lives would suck. I could not cut time like this. I would have to find a new job, maybe. Or the family would simply suffer.

Here we have options (and I did take a 25% cut in pay).

And this is why I love paying the taxes.  Options.

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