DH gets 4 weeks of parental leave under his work policy. Moms get more and I know of at least 2 moms that have taken 4 months off. So DH asked for his leave today. He requested 5-6 weeks. For weeks 5 and 6 he'd use up his vacation time. His boss reacted kind of ... I don't know. She said something to the affect of "guess we'll have to hire someone." I guess she was shocked at his request and didn't really know how to respond. She followed up in an email that she'd have to look into this as it'd never been requested before. I find it so sad that no father has ever thought to request more time. I totally get that as far as paternity leave goes, his work's policy is actually pretty generous. It's four weeks paid. But it still makes me mad that fathers don't get more time off and that his request was out of the ordinary.