Back to reality: Tips for returning to work after having a child
Published April 24, 2015 10:02 am by
Categories: LoSasso fun
I recently returned to LoSasso after three months of maternity leave with my first child, a chubby-cheeked baby boy named Liam. Honestly, I was eager to come back. While I certainly enjoyed that time with Liam, I missed coming into work every day—and especially interacting with my peers. Ok, fine … I also missed the paycheck. All-in-all, returning to full-time work was a welcome development.
That’s not to say it’s without its challenges. Here are my tips for a meltdown-free transition:
- Seek the support of co-workers. Of course everyone welcomes you back and asks how the baby is – which is much appreciated. But what really helped me ease into the new routine is my rock-star team. They go out of their way to help me manage my workload. Also, it helps to talk to other moms in the office—they can relate, listen and assure you that it gets better.
- Keep the nanny check-ins to a minimum. I don’t need hourly updates or a barrage of pictures. I’m satisfied with a mid-morning text to see how Liam is doing.
- Take advantage of local support. My parents are just 20 minutes away and retired. If we’re ever in a bind I can call them last-minute without feeling terribly guilty. We’re extremely lucky—I realize that a lot of people don’t have this option.
- Get permission to work from home one day a week. This is a game-changer. When workload allows, I don’t need to be in the office on Fridays.
- Don’t take a full hour for lunch. I think it’s important to step away and get lunch; I just don’t need a full hour every day. The more I can get done during business hours, the better.
- Get an Amazon Prime membership. This helps minimize the 9 p.m. trips to Target or Walgreens. Diapers—click. Wipes—click. Formula—click. Free shipping and I get my goodies in two days. Super convenient, zero hassle.
To me, there is no perfect scenario; whether you work part-time, full-time or stay at home—parenting is challenging for everyone. Just take it day by day and remember that you’re providing for your family.
– Ann Cosgrove, Account and Production Manager