|My kids on a Friday night|
I coach working moms. One topic that I am often asked about is maternity leave--how to negotiate it, how to maximize it, and how to return from it. Recently a friend posted that she's returning to work on Monday after enjoying twelve weeks of maternity leave with her precious baby. I read her post after enjoying a cocktail and below is my response.
The summary--leaving your baby is hard, harder than you could possible imagine. Still, even with all of the challenges, you should consider it all joy. You are blessed to have these struggles...
Facebook Advice for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave
For the record, I've been drinking. So, here's my unfiltered honesty about returning to work. The s--t is hard. However, you are harder. Your desire to be with your baby is strong. But you are stronger. Do whatever you need to do to feel OK with it. Take whatever liberties you can get away with to make it work for you and your family. Push when you need to push. Pause when you need to pause. And at the end of each day, consider it all joy!--