Should You Go Back to Work?
Help for making the difficult post-baby employment decision
How Can I Leave My Baby?
lt can be scary to think about being away from your precious little one after what probably feels like a short maternity leave. While it’s normal to wonder if you’ve sufficiently bonded with your child, remember that bonding takes place over time, through day-to-day interactions. It doesn’t occur in a set number of days.
Taking your time when choosing a caregiver will go very far in reducing your anxiety levels in this area. The more you trust your caregiver, the less time you will spend worrying about your baby while you’re at work. If you still find it difficult to focus on work, call your caregiver during the day to check on your child. This may help you feel less removed from your child’s weekdays.
Going back to work can be difficult after having a baby; there is often a lot of guilt associated with returning to a job. But, women who decide to stay at home have guilt issues as well. They may feel as though they’re not contributing financially or that their careers are suffering. What’s important is being honest with yourself. Don’t let others put unrealistic expectations on you because of their own views. You will be a great role model for your baby!
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