I have known many new moms who were excited-but-nervous for their return to the workforce, at the end of their maternity leave. These women love where they work, what they do, and what it means to be back doing their job. On the other hand, I have known just as many moms who truly dreaded the idea of returning to work, and spent the last few months of their leave trying to figure out an alternative.
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For parents and children alike, the return to work at the end of a parental leave can be a difficult adjustment (read: hourly trips to the bathroom to cry). You may have spent the past year dreading the end of your leave. Or, you may be desperate for some time alone at the office with a hot coffee and tasks that do not involve wiping faces or bums. Both instincts are natural! Either way, if you’re getting ready to go back to work, you’ve got some planning to do.
I have been back at work now for a few weeks and, like a lot of women before me have said, it really isn’t as bad as you think it will be. In fact it’s pretty great. But I do have it easy. Or maybe my husband and I have stumbled on a decent version of the “shared parenting style.” Let me explain: