Also, no one has much info about the ability to share the duties of primary care provider for your children. In my case, we are self employed and by examining our yearly contributions during the years the children were born to age 7 and dividing those up, both our CPP benefits increased by $100. per month.
CPP does allow you to remove some periods in your work history where you may have been unemployed or underemployed. It does make a difference.
The only way to get this info appears to be by calling CPP where they will calculate some basic scenarios for you but they cannot do complex ones over the phone.
I’m finding it impossible to find more details on this from sources other than CPP. This is the same type of advanced calculations that everyone does on their taxes but no one appears to do on their CPP. A few hundred extra per month is quite significant!
Working mothers aren't the only ones who long to be saviors. Sarah Mock of Tualatin, Oregon, quit working as a high school teacher when her second daughter was born. "When you've made this decision to stay home, you've given up this side of you where you can shine as your own person. Instead, you feel pressure to shine as a parent," she explains. Which can make it frustrating when your husband is as much fun with the kids as you are. "Recently John helped them make their own version of Candy Land. I thought, 'Why can't I think of things that are more creative?' " she says. "It seems he's doing very well at work and then when he comes home he's doing very well with the kids, so it's like he's doing great everywhere and I'm running to keep up."
It seems obvious that adding a baby to a household is going to change its dynamics. And indeed, the arrival of children changes how couples interact . Parents often become more distant and businesslike with each other as they attend to the details of parenting. Mundane basics like keeping kids fed, bathed and clothed take energy, time and resolve. In the effort to keep the family running smoothly, parents discuss carpool pickups and grocery runs, instead of sharing the latest gossip or their thoughts on presidential elections. Questions about one’s day are replaced with questions about whether this diaper looks full.