He’s been at the forefront of digital innovation for more than a decade and now Mark Zuckerberg is leading the way when it comes to being a 21st-century dad.
The Facebook boss has announced he will take two months off work when his daughter is born. Zuckerberg, whose wife, Priscilla, is due to give birth some time soon, says he will take advantage of his company’s generous paid parental leave scheme. Facebook offers US staff up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave, which they can take throughout the year.
“Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter’s arrival. We’ve been picking out our favorite childhood books and toys,” he writes on his Facebook page. “We’ve also been thinking about how we’re going to take time off during the first months of her life. This is a very personal decision, and I’ve decided to take (two) months of paternity leave when our daughter arrives.
“Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.”
An image of the couple’s dog, Beast, alongside the baby’s car seat and pram, accompanies the post. “Every day things are getting a little more real for us, and we’re excited to start this next stage in our lives,” Zuckerberg writes.
Priscilla and I are starting to get ready for our daughter's arrival. We've been picking out our favorite childhood…
Among those to respond to the post was Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who writes: “Mark and Priscilla, I’m so excited for both of you. Enjoy the precious early months with your daughter — I can’t wait to meet her.”
In August, Business Insider reported that it had become taboo at Facebook for mums or dads to not take the full four months of paternity leave, or for dads to take less than mums. Zuckerberg is only taking half the leave – but then again, he’s the boss of one of the world’s biggest companies, so it’s still impressive.
Zuckerberg revealed the couple’s baby news in August – via Facebook, naturally. He used the announcement to shine a spotlight on miscarriage, sharing the couple’s experiences with pregnancy loss. Earlier this month, he posted a beautiful Annie Leibovitz photo of the couple, accompanied by a touching tribute to his wife. “I love her expression: intense yet kind, fierce yet loving, leading yet always supporting others,” he wrote. In September, he shared photos of the couple’s fun-filled baby shower.