Returning to your original role with reduced hours can seem like the perfect solution when coming back from maternity leave. Make it work for you with these guidlelines.
The judging eyes. As parents, we’ve all felt them. Our kids are too loud, they’re crying in the supermarket, they’re bottle fed, they’re breastfed, they’re using a device of some description, or they watched seven and half minutes of In The Night Garden because you were simultaneously trying to unpack lunchboxes, make dinner, respond to an urgent work email while reciting Llama Llama Red Pyjama from memory, and something had to give.
Goal setting. It’s one of those age-old catch phrases that dominate work place reviews and self-improvement plans. Much of the time the focus is on making goals SMART but failing to correctly identify what you really want and why will likely cause a lack of interest and motivation resulting in a failed attempt. So let’s start at the beginning…
Returning to work from maternity leave can be a huge adjustment. For so long our day to day lives have revolved around the minutiae of keeping a small human alive, fed, clean, socialised and generally content but for many the return to work is an inevitable hurdle on the parenting journey. To ease the transition, it can be helpful to understand your family’s pain points and put some plans in place to make life a little less frantic.