Returning to work after taking maternity leave is a mixture of emotions for many women. Knowing how to prepare for them is key issue, as knows that you’re not alone, regardless of how you feel.
The day is marked on your calendar, and is creeping closer, and closer. Whether you feel dread, or a tinge of excitement, you’re not the first mom to return to work feeling that way! Full-time working moms have a lot to juggle, and often emotions are at the top of the list.
Many people admit to feeling regretful about returning to work, and confess to being frightened that they will miss important milestones with their baby. To be frank, you may miss that first roll-over, or the first crawl. However, the thrill that you will get when you see your child do it for the first time with you is sure to excite you, just the same. Remember to think positively and lightly about it!
Many times, moms are simply happier returning to work. It doesn’t make you any less of a mom because you choose to work, and not stay at home full time. Whether you work for enjoyment or career fulfillment, you are not the first mom to be anticipating her return.
The schematics involved with getting you and your child ready, and dropped off at daycare while on a tight schedule can be stressful in itself. Juggling a deadline and family priorities can be difficult, and at times you may feel very overwhelmed. If applicable, try to keep your communication with your spouse open, positive and productive. Talk to him/her about your feelings, and try to come up with an alternative plan if you begin to feel as if you are nearing your breaking point. Also, talk to your supervisor! If they are pressuring you, voice your opinion with a simple sentence