Becoming a parent: What parental leave is like

Every experience is different and here, six teachers share their stories of what happened when they stayed at home to look after their new child

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The unexpected joy of maternity leave

Just before I went on maternity leave, I put a call out on social media for a list of books to read, as I was pretty sure I was going to be bored out of my mind.

Well, that list remains unread.

I mean, who knew that hanging out with a tiny infant could be so utterly brilliant? I certainly didn’t.

In the beginning, it works like this: snuggle, feed, sleep (whenever possible), change nappy. Repeat. With a lot of non-brain-engaging television soundtracking your life.

In time, you move into something that looks like a life. You start the meet-for-a-coffee ...

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