It's Working Project

“Don’t *make* your kids. Allow them to grow into themselves.”

What is one piece of advice you wish you could offer your former, pre-child(ren) self?

First, an observation/warning: You will be exhausted, and not so much physically tired, but mentally drained from keeping track of two active kids. Don’t worry—it’s more fun that you could ever imagine!

And the actual advice: Don’t *make* your kids. Allow them to grow into themselves. Of course, nudge them in ways that will make them into the amazing people they can be. This is something I have to remind myself every now and again.

How long did you take for paternity leave before heading back to work? How close was your back-to-work plan with the back-to-work reality?

Two weeks for both. I would’ve liked a solid month, but it’s a small company and everyone already wears more than one hat.

It wasn’t too bad getting back to work. It was just a matter of going through everything to make sure that *all* of the nitty-gritty did get taken care of while I was out.

What, if any, adjustments did you (or your workplace) make to your schedule after having a baby?

They were kind enough to let me change my schedule. The hour difference made sure that my daughter and I didn’t have to spend an extra 45 minutes in traffic—crucial for a little one!

Who was your biggest source of support in returning to work?

My wife, Heather, has always been my rock, in returning to work and in everything I do.

What was your biggest back-to-work, post-baby challenge?

Finding time to get projects done around the house.

As a working parent…

As a working parent, I never expected being patient with willful little people would be so hard and the actual physical caring for them would be so much easier!