Special Report: Family Ties: Time Off for Mr. Mom

Time Off for Mr. Mom

What will my boss think? Sure, it would be swell to stay home with the wife and baby. But will I fall off the corporate ladder?

Those are questions many men ask when considering a paternity leave. Marc Greenhouse did not hesitate to take a month's leave three months ago, when his first child, daughter Ranit, was born. A 40-year-old data-processing systems analyst for Transamerica, Greenhouse began his time off a few days before his wife Dianne gave birth by caesarean section. He savored the days with his infant. Says he: "It was really a blessing."

Once he returned to work,...

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