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People Call Mom ‘Crazy’ For Using Maternity Leave To Take Newborn And Toddler Around The World

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Karen and Shaun daringly decided to use their maternity and paternity leave to travel through 17 countries with their newborn and 3-year-old.

The mother believes this lifestyle is actually easier to manage with two small children.

“If I was at home in London, it’s harder to keep the kids entertained all day; I think this lifestyle is actually easier,” Karen said.

However, she does admit that not everyone is a fan of her choice.

“People think I’m crazy, but our kids are constantly entertained. Quinn is so quiet – I know he won’t remember it, but I think he’s taking it in in his own way,” Karen said. “Esmé loves it; she really enjoys going to new places.”

Karen is the breadwinner in the household, so they are able to travel with her maternity income.

“Maternity money has given us that extra edge and because I’m the higher earner of both of us, it means we can go,” she said. “It’s a huge factor for us. Most husbands have to go back to work within two weeks.”

The family have been to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the United States, to name a few.

“I don’t see us ever stopping traveling – the kids are so young; I’m holding back on some of the places we want them to remember vividly. Even at home we travel about once a month,” she said.

Karen says she doesn’t look forward to going back to work, although she will have to, because she will ultimately have less time to spend with the kids.

“The best thing is being with the kids all the time,” she said. “It’s a year with my baby, not having to worry about going back to work.”

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