Thursday, December 07, 2006
Leaving Maternity Leave?
This is my first week back from maternity leave, and even though it's the fourth time I've done this, it's always a challenge. There are the emotions of leaving a little baby; the logistics of finding care; the struggle to locate, for the first time in three months, socks that match. Here's some advice from Linda Mason, author of "The Working Mother's Guide to Life"; the Mayo Clinic; and a few thoughts from myself and my mommy friends:
1. Go back to work midweek. As Mason says, "going back to work can be overwhelming. If you know you only have to do two or three days, you can make it through."
2. Work out child care way in advance. The last thing you want to be doing in your final days of maternity leave is interviewing nannies or visiting day-care centers.
3. Mason suggests taking a picture of your baby on your cell phone every morning so you have a very current photo every day.
4. Accept that you'll feel sad or guilty sometimes. There's really no way around it.
5. Here's one from me: You'll be a better worker and mommy if you spend a little time on yourself. Develop a 15-minute exercise routine you can do at home (15 minutes of yoga, 15 minutes on the treadmill, or lifting weights). Let's face it: For a few weeks at least, you'll never have more than 15 minutes each day to exercise, so why set yourself up for failure? And if you do find more than 15 minutes, I don't want to hear about it =)
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