"As a working parent, I never expected raising children would be so hard and loving them would be so much easier!"
What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former expectant self?
Don’t rush time and enjoy the babyhood.
What was your primary motivation for deciding to return (or not) to work? How early did you tell your employer?
I returned to work with my first child a year after the 1st baby is born and I decided to leave work after my second baby is born.
FOR MOMS: If you breastfed, was there a place for you to pump that met your needs and was conducive to your success? If you breastfed, how did you decide to continue? FOR DADS: What, if any, adjustments did you (or your workplace) make to your schedule after having a baby? Was it specific to your manager or larger, whole work culture?
I did not breastfeed.
How much leave did you take, and how comfortable were you taking it?
I took a one year leave and I was very comfortable taking it.
How easy was it to put a childcare arrangement together and did it work for your family?
It was not easy to find a good childcare.
When did the “new normal” set in for you?
After the second baby.
What was your biggest challenge going back to work?
Leave my babies alone with our au pair.
Who was your biggest source of support in returning to work? What was your biggest pregnancy indulgence?
My hubby was my biggest source of support. Massages were my biggest pregnancy indulgence.
Fill in the blanks: As a working parent, I never expected ____ would be so hard and ____ would be so much easier!
As a working parent, I never expected raising children would be so hard and loving them would be so much easier!
As a working parent, a bad day is when _____ and a good day is when _______.
As a working parent, a bad day is when not having enough time to spend with your kid and a good day is when I’m getting a hug.
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