Going Back to Work
Going back to work after
having a baby or after saying at home with your children
is something that is usually very emotional for the
entire family. Going back to work is something
that many parents must do so preparation can make it a
Going Back To Work
When you’re expecting you look forward to the day your
new bundle of joy arrives. The last thought on your mind
is going back to work again at the end of your
maternity leave. It may be something you want to
How do you prepare for going back to work after maternity
leave? Here are some things you may want to think about:
1. Before your baby arrives, begin to research your
company’s policies about maternity leave. Find out how
long they allow you and whether there is a difference
between that and how much time the Family Maternity
Leave Act allows. If you’ve been paying for long-term
disability insurance, maternity leave may be covered so
you receive at least a partial paycheck while you’re at
home. Talk with your human resources department to find
out what you qualify for.
2. Keep communications open with your employer and your
immediate boss. Let them know what your plans are, if
you would like to use part of your vacation or sick
leave for additional time, and when you plan to return.
If your plans change for any reason, be sure to let your
employer know as soon as possible.
3. If you’ve recently had your baby, start thinking
about child care before you’re ready to return to work.
Of course, you want to place your child with people you
trust, so start by asking family or friends if they
would be willing to provide child care. If that’s not
possible, take your time finding the right day care.
Nothing is as important as your child, so don’t forget
to ask for and check references. Visit each potential
day care a minimum of two times before deciding.
4. Talk with your boss about how you intend to handle
those occasions where your child is ill and you have to
stay at home to care for them. Discuss the possibly of
being able to do some of your work from home during
5. Before going back to work, prepare yourself for actually leaving your
child for eight or more hours a day. Ask your spouse,
other family, or friends to care for your child while
you go out for a little while. This will make being
separated from your baby easier when you return to work,
but realize that leaving your child is never truly easy.
6. Consider asking your boss if you can reduce your
hours to working part time for a while after you return
to work. This will give you more time to adjust to being
away from your child and could actually increase your
productivity since you’ll be a happier employee.
7. Don’t start back to work on a Monday. Plan to start
back to work toward the end of the week so you’re not
back to the grind too quickly. It may be too difficult
to be away from your baby for five straight days. If you
know you only have a day or so to be separated, it might
make things easier for you.
Going back to work again after maternity leave is
going to be an emotional time for you. Planning ahead of
time may make the transition easier, but you will still
have an emotional tug of war going on within yourself.
Don’t belittle yourself if you cry when you leave your
little one - it’s perfectly normal and to expected.
Finding the Perfect Sitter While You’re Away
Let’s face it. No matter how much you love your child
there will come a point where you’re going to have to be
away from them. Maybe you’re concerned about finding the
perfect sitter while you’re away. There are many ways to
find them; here are a few.
Start out by thinking of the people that already love
and have a relationship with your child. Family would be
an obvious first choice. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles
already have your child’s best interest at heart. Why
not ask them if they’d like to spend some quality time
with your child?
After family, the next group of people that you’re most
likely going to feel comfortable leaving your child with
would be close friends of the family. Do you have
friends that your family spends time with? They may be
willing to trade baby-sitting duties with you if you
need some time away from your child.
If you’re new to an area, you may not have family or
friends to turn to yet. You’ll have to ask around to see
if co-workers, people you attend congregational services
with, or your pediatrician have recommendations. If
you’re a member of a civic organization, you may find
people to give you names of potential sitters.
Check with local colleges and universities to see if
they have a child development pool that takes
baby-sitting jobs as part of their school requirements.
High schools may also have a similar program but you’ll
have to contact each school to inquire.
After you have a list of potential baby-sitters, be sure
to take the time to talk with them on the telephone
before asking them for a face-to-face interview. You can
use this opportunity to ask them about references so
you’ll have a chance to start contacting them before you
set up an interview.
Have your children available during the interview. Watch
how they interact with your children. Use a “what if”
list and ask them how they would handle certain
situations or emergencies. Verify that they have first
aid and CPR training. If this person seems to meet all
of your other requirements but doesn’t have first aid
training, they may be able to take a class at a local
hospital or medical center.
Discuss what they would be required to do while
baby-sitting. Will they only care for food or will they
do light housekeeping as well? Will they have access to
your television or computer while you’re gone? What
hours are they available? Do they have their own
transportation or will you need to pick them up?
Trust your own instincts. Whether talking on the phone
or in person, trust what your feelings tell you. If
you’re hesitant to hire them, there may be a valid
reason. Does this mean that your instincts are always
correct? Of course not, but it is something to consider
when finding the perfect sitter while you’re away from
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