Dads and work

When our twins came into the world in July, my husband and I were overwhelmed, as all first-time moms and dads to two newborns are. But we got by—and even thrived—because of a special set of circumstances we felt privileged to have.

First, our kids had four willing, eager, capable, and loving grandparents right in town. And second, my husband co-owns his own business, so we was able be flexible when it came to paternity leave.

This meant that despite (or because of!) the fact that he is president of his company, he was able to take three weeks of paid time off. Thanks go to lucky stars but also to his amazingly supportive business partners and employees who stepped up during such an important and singular time in his life. (They also threw us a beautiful baby shower, and then came over after the babies were born with the entire contents of Trader Joe's to keep us well fed!)

After three weeks away, my husband reported to the office three days per week and worked at home the other two, until we were at a manageable place with our two new humans.

If many of us know from experience that maternity leave can be hard enough to wrangle—for reasons legislative, professional-political, and financial—paternity leave can leave new dads scrambling just as much.

But not everywhere. Fatherly is out with a new list of the best places for dads to work in the country, places that support dads financially, professionally, and even personally. (Who knew?!)

Perhaps not surprisingly, Google—with its well-known perks and policies—tops the list. It offers 7 weeks paid paternity leave (12 if dad is the primary caregiver). Not to mention new-parent consulting, discounts for nanny placement agencies, five free days of back-up child care, and priority access to Bright Horizons child care centers, according to Fatherly. It even throws in a bonus $500 for baby bonding! (Is your mouth agape like mine?)

Here's the full list of the top 10 best places for dads to work (to see the entire list of 50, and to get more details, visit Fatherly):

1. Google

2. Facebook

3. Bank of America

4. Patagonia

5. State Street

6. Genentech

7. LinkedIn

8. Arnold & Porter

9. Roche Diagnostics

10. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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