I am going on 'maternity leave' from Jan to Oct. I've put it in quotes because I am self-employed and therefore I'm not taking leave from anyone! I don't get any maternity leave (I'll get an allowance from the gov). I want to start warning people in my email signature about my forthcoming leave, but it doesn't feel right using the words 'Maternity leave'; and I especially hate the term 'Career break' because it implies that my baby will some second to my career. Any advice?
Yes, you are leaving work for maternal reasons so it's easier to say that - everyone will know what you mean. Plus, if you say 'parental leave' or 'career break' peeps might not realise what you are on about so you'd get less presents!!