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To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

I am a working mom, living in sunny Brazil. I love empowering others to be the best version of themselves and like to spend as much time as possible fulfilling that passion, which is easier said than done. I love to run and find it to be my own form of personal therapy. I often struggle with being a career mom, but I know it is the right decision for me. I used to be a middle school teacher and have never lost that itch to help others. I am constantly providing support to friends and family and I figured why not share with an even larger audience. I take a lot of pride in how I chose to raise my family. I am strong advocate of good nutrition and chose to feed my family an organic, whole foods diet. Yes, we still splurge from time to time but try to do so in moderation. I am a strong advocate of professional development and feel that you need to take time each day to build upon your current skill set. I read a lot and also enjoy listening to podcasts.

Sweden is the best place to be a parent.

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In Sweden, parents are given 480 days off, 390 of which are at 80% pay. The remaining 90 days are paid at a flat rate. This can be split 50/50 by the couple with each parent taking at least 3 months minimum non-transferrable leave. Even after the kids have grown, parents can also take up to 120 days leave per year to care for a sick child up to the age of 12.

Moreover, the government pays for three hours of preschool per day and those parents with children under the age of eight who have not finished their first year of school are entitled to reduce their working time by up to 25%, so turning an eight hour day into six hours.
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Should this be the norm or is it too much? Which benefits do you wish your country had for parents?
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I think this is amazing and so enviable! It's nice to see the government realize the importance the parents play during the first year of life and to allow this leave for both parent is truly remarkable.
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Why are things always better in Europe..?! Education is great, being a parent is great, the cities are beautiful! Europe is really doing things right!
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because education is the key to a better world
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(well, it can sound kind of idealistic, however ...) This is surely a great investment
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I wish all countries can be like Sweden! It's like almost a year of maternity leave! It would be amazing if all countries are more considerate when it comes to new mothers and fathers.
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As part of the country’s push to increase gender equality, the parental leave days can be shared between each parent as they see fit - the idea being that each parent should take 50 percent. What’s more, 90 of those days are reserved exclusively for either parent and if not used, can’t be transferred to the other partner.
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Swedish income taxes may be high but a large share goes into making sure people don’t struggle once they start a family. As a result, Sweden is often held up as one of the most family-friendly countries in the world.
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In Sweden,Vård av Barn (VAB) or"vabbing" when used as a verb means staying home to care for a sick child. While in some countries you might have to take this as unpaid leave, in Sweden the state will pay you temporary parental leave benefits equalling 80 percent of your wage. Parents can VAB 120 days per year, per child.
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Seriously, I think all countries should follow Sweden. Supporting the family and the future generation is how I look at what Sweden is doing. Truly remarkable. I wish I could live there too.
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Some countries may not be keen to take on new staff that are “in the family way” but Swedish law prohibits employers from discriminating against pregnant job applicants. It's also against the law to let someone go because they're pregnant, so expectant mums don't need to worry their job's in jeopardy.
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In Sweden, children aged a year or older with parents who are employed or studying may attend preschool for the full day, more or less free of charge. Parents of young children elsewhere in the world may be even more envious of this perk than the lengthy parental leave.
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My Swedish friend also tells me - as soon as you get pregnant in Sweden you are enrolled in a local prenatal centre that monitors you throughout your pregnancy through regular visits. If the centre detects something wrong or something to be concerned about you, are assigned to a special prenatal centre, where you will be more closely monitored. All of this is completely free.
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Parents of children under the age of eight who haven't finished their first day of school are entitled to shorter working days. Up to 25 percent shorter, in fact, meaning you can work six hours a day instead of eight. Amazing, right?
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Wow, this is amazing!! I want to move to Sweden and start a family there.
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