Updated February 2019

Don’t Miss This Opportunity

Whether you are a mom planning on going back to work or a SAHM – or perhaps you are undecided about going back full-time, I have to tell you something very important: don’t miss this opportunity to socialize during your downtime. By law, you should have at least 6 weeks off, and hopefully more.

After everything has settled down, all the gifts have been received, all the relatives have gone home, your SO has gone back to work, and your dog has decided that she hates you, you may feel very, very, lonely… but that’s okay because so does every other mom-who-just-had-a-baby. So what do you do? FIND THEM.

Find your local mother’s group and get active. If there isn’t a local mother’s group where you live, make one. How? It can be as simple as running into other new moms while you’re at Starbucks or the park or the grocery store and striking up a conversation. The fact that you had a baby around the same time is instant fodder for bonding.

Plan a weekly get-together and stick with it. Hopefully, the women that you meet during this time will become life-long friends for you and your baby. If you lay low during your time off and don’t reach out, you may miss this ever important bonding opportunity.

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