A Day in The Life of a Newly Working Mom


• Arrive at work a few minutes late due to chaos getting out of the house.

• Make presence known at work – “I’m here. I’m working. I promise…”

• Visit the bathroom to touch up streaking mascara from crying all the way to work.

• Call to check on baby.

• Check watch; Time to pump already.

• Do a questionable amount of work.

• Start thinking about missing the baby.

• Try not to cry.

• Time to pump again…

• Lunch hour! (Contemplate leaving and never coming back…)

• Attempt some more work, but decide to make a “quick call” to see how baby is doing.

• Breathe into a paper bag (baby was screaming and crying in the background during the phone call)

• Oops, “let down”… time to pump again.

• Have trouble staying awake to do work.

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• Begin to worry that you’re going to get fired.

• Try to focus.

• Try to focus.

• Wonder if baby has stopped crying. Best to call just to check…

• Brainstorm financial alternatives to working away from baby.

• Get depressed when there’s no obvious solution.

• Go home.

• Repeat.

• Repeat.

• Repeat.

• Repeat.

• Repeat.

• Repeat.

About the writer

Kelly is a mom, wife, writer, smart-ass, recovering perfectionist, and blogger extraordinaire at In The Mom Light. She likes long walks at night with her crying baby, a tall bottle of Chardonnay with naptime, and peeing by herself on occasion. You can also find her on Facebook.


Alex 3 years ago

A new work-at-home opportunities, today more than ever can help families to arrive later this month.

jd 3 years ago

It sounds like Yahoo had some terrible employees who were abusing “work from home.” They should have fired those employees, rather than making a change that affects working parents, no matter how productive, disproportionately.

SCB 3 years ago

I had a boss who complained bitterly when he had to include one particular contractor on conference calls despite the woman’s expertise in his narrow area of interest (reliable and high performance computing). Why? Because he couldn’t stand it when her kids started crying and fussing, forcing her to suspend the call while she averted mayhem. He didn’t believe it was professional, and if we’re honest — it’s not, no matter how useful an arrangement it is for the employee. Even so, I don’t see why work can’t be flexible enough to allow conference calls, etc. to be done in the office while still allowing most other work to be done at home. But working at home to avoid hiring child care — that’s a hard sell, unless your job requires no face time and you can do all your work while your spouse/mother/other-person- who-will-work-for-free minds the kids.

As for Meyer, that easy baby will soon be able to move on its own, and life will become more complicated for her, even with a nanny.

    Jessica Smock 3 years ago

    I know it’s wrong of me to wish a challenging toddler on anyone, but I’m looking forward to the day — maybe a decade or two when she writes her memoir — when I hear about her toddler’s temper tantrums and defiant behavior.

Andrea 3 years ago

What really chaps me about Ms. Mayer is that she had a full-blown nursery built onto her office at Yahoo! so she can bring her baby with her to work, yet she’s demanding all her employees to report to the office without any flexibility for their own family situations. Did she consider building an on-site day care? Possibly paying a daycare allowance for employees who now have to pay for child care when they didn’t before? It just seems that she’s completely out of touch with the average working mom, and I say that as a stay at home mom , but one who was raised by a working mom and saw just what my mother went through to make sure I was taken care of when she was on the clock.

    JZ 3 years ago


    Someone finally mentioned the fact that yes, she’s a hypocrite.

Erin 3 years ago

I’m a mom of two girls, living in Canada and what takes my breath away about this post is not the working from home option being taken away but how FUCKING short the mat leave is in the US. In Canada we get an entire year off and receive maternity benefits from our gov’t (as long as we have worked the required # of hours prior to delivery).
Mind-fucking-blowing that a country as powerful and developed as the US does not recognize the importance of a mother being home with her baby. My heart goes out to all of you mothers of these beautiful, innocent babes who are left at home for someone else to raise after only a short few weeks with their mama :(

Kristen Brakeman 3 years ago

Yes easy for Ms. Mayer who likely has a team of baby helpers at home. Employers need to acknowledge that a good majority of their employees are parents – both male and female and absolutist policies like this set everyone back. I don’t think she’s being unfairly demonized. She’s making a ton of money. Yahoo is not going to go under cuz she let employees work from home occasionally. She could cut her pay if they’re that close to the edge. That’s just conservative mumbo jumbo that has no place on the Scary Mommy page. Nice piece tho!

Priti 3 years ago

While Ms. Mayer’s decision is understandably controversial, I think it’s important to think about the other side of the coin.

1. Flexible work arrangements are not just for Parents. Lots of people have demanding lives outside of work.
2. Employees are not entitled to flexible work arrangements, it’s a benefit.
3. If a benefit threatens the health of the company and could potentially lead to the demise of the company, it needs to be addressed. Unaddressed, you’re looking at a situation where EVERYONE loses their job. How does that make sense?

Melissa Mayer is being unfairly demonized in this situation. She’s made an incredibly tough call where no one before her has wanted too. As a business person, she’s doing what’s right for her company and in the best interest of the ENTIRE company. She’s not targeting mom’s or parents. There’s a bigger picture here.

    zumpie 3 years ago

    Only about 5% of her employees worked from home, in any capacity—and Yahoo’s been floundering for a very long time. In reality, she just thought this would be a good way to cut staff without having to pay unemployment when they quit.

    Unfortunately for her, this would be a material change in position—and those who do quit over it will be able to collect unemployment—and the better ones will go to other Silicon Valley companies.

Erin@MommyontheSpot 3 years ago

I can’t believe as a working mom that she would eliminate the working from home option!

If men had to worry about breast feeding or being torn apart at the core with the guilt of working and leaving a baby that was recently residing in his uterus, I think the world would be a different place.

Great post!

Marissafan 3 years ago

Obviously a bunch of parents who work in their pajamas know better than the former CEO of google.

    zumpie 3 years ago

    She was never the CEO of Google, more like their mascot. And this is not the only poor decision she’s made since helming Yahoo.

Arnebya 3 years ago

While I know the hardship of returning to work, especially still nursing, I think outside of the pining for my baby the first go round, I was upset after returning after the other two simply because I either didn’t like the job or just wanted to be at home instead.

I think what needs to be understood is Mayer is an employer. She’s trying to turn a company around. While I may dislike some of her comments about her pregnancy before or after, those have to be taken out of the equation when considering business. And the main question we all need to be asking is: would we be upset if she were a man mandating office time? Perhaps this is temporary. Perhaps abuse of telework is rampant at Yahoo and in her plan to revitalize the company, this is a temporary part of the plan. Yes, if I were an employee there I’d be pissed. But you know WHY I’d be pissed? Because most likely I’d have been one of the lazy people who did all sorts of other stuff at work than work (like I’m doing right this minute.) But, that’s just me. I figure she can’t concern herself with how it seems and people willing to hang in there to see if she’s able to turn the company around? Those people will reap the benefit.

Jessica Smock 3 years ago

My favorite quote from Marissa Mayer? After having her child and taking a maternity leave of a couple weeks, “The baby’s been way easier than everyone made it out to be.” That quote says it all about this woman. She’s a boss, a very wealthy and powerful CEO, with nannies and all sorts of support systems in place for her, and she brags about how “easy” having a newborn is. Seriously, she needs to spend a day in the life of a regular mom, who has a baby with colic who cries 20 hours a day, no night nurse, and a messy house and nothing in the fridge because there’s no time for anyone to get to the grocery store. Oh, yes, it’s very “easy” indeed for most of us.

    Working Mom 3 years ago

    This CEO has worked her butt off to merit her position and her right to make decisions that she feels are best for Yahoo. The author should try this. If her list of what she accomplishes at work is any indication of her general work ethic (which I suspect it is) – regardless of whether or not she has kids at home, she would probably do equally little work there too. She should count her blessings that she still has a job.

      JZ 3 years ago

      I’m sorry, but Bullshit.

      The author was not saying her own work ethic mirrors anything other than the roller coaster of emotion you are dealing with postpartum and the inevitable challenges any woman faces returning to work with so much on their plate. To equate this situation with a without-children or even non-mom status worker’s is total and complete bullshit.

      I have no doubt any CEO of a company like Yahoo! would be facing many hurdles in her life to get to that position, but I have more respect for the women who acknowledge they ARE indeed women in the workplace, who have faced and are facing and will face many more impediments to progress and success than any man. Period. And are willing then to help a sister out.

      This woman is in denial and is willing to keep her fellow sisters down. Period.

Paula 3 years ago

I just want to say try doing all of that – delivering mail. Its hard to find a secluded place to pump on a mail route In a Buick Park Ave. Plus your already pressed for time. And there is no way in hell I am stopping at a gas station to pump in a filthy bathroom. Seriously- why do people even suggest that? I tried to drag out my maternity leave to 6 weeks. Apparently they changed that 6 week rule to 4 in-between my having kids. I quit after a year. I’m a stay at home mom now, selling Thirty-One gifts and babysitting other peoples kids. I love being able to be here while my son stays home from school to hug a trash can while sitting on the toilet…yeah that’s what I’m doing today. Apparently a child that wasn’t feeling good (when school was cancelled last week because of ice) felt the need to release that “feel bad” all over my kitchen floor. So now after Lysoling and bleaching everything I sit back and wait for it to hit each one of us. Yay…..
At least I can be thankful to not have a job that I have to call into because my child is sick and I can’t send him to school or anywhere else.

Debbie 3 years ago

Hi Kelly,
‘Kelly you about covered everything here in the states when it comes to working moms. I believe the problem is that if a man is running the office or company he has no clue what it is to be a mother with a baby. As for a woman running a company she is completely focuses on the ‘career’ and as know clue either. Further more she could care less.

I remember having to leave my first one after one week. It was a matter of survival. The hardest thing i ever did.

I beleive it is time people say, no more. How do they do that you say. First start with the smaller house, so we don’t have a large mortgage hanging over our head. Stop buying into the expense American life style.

As a working mother you have to be careful, because many times by the time you get through paying for the child care you have nothing left from your pay check. You end up working for child care and nothing else.

Companies could set up day care (which some companies do) in there building or as you say, let people work from home. When you have a happy employee you have a happy company.
Anyway you bring up a great point and companies need to get with the times.

Karen 3 years ago

Moms, in general, have a hard time balancing kids, home and work. I’ve been a p/t worker and p/t SAHM for many years because I just can’t find a solution to the new baby or sick kids syndromes.

One of the reasons the YAHOO! CEO feels she can make this arbitrary decision is because of the competitiveness of the job market. Less jobs mean that workers will take more crap.

Lisa 3 years ago

My heart goes out to you. We’re extremely lucky here in the UK that we can have up to a year off on maternity leave. This varies according to where you work, but I got 18 weeks on full pay, 21 weeks on around £100 a week, and the rest unpaid.

The thought of having to leave a tiny baby at home after just a few weeks is inconceivable, and makes me realise just how fortunate we are.

Jack 3 years ago

I worked remotely for 7.5 years. It was great. My productivity went through the roof and everyone was happy. Mayer comes across as trying to prove to the world she is tough is enough to get the job done.

I might be wrong about that but…

Angela 3 years ago

I’ve worked remotely for ten years, since the birth of my son. The decision announced by Yahoo! Today is counterproductive. I recently wrote about how in a lot of ways working from home is more challenging than most people assume it is. I work far longer hours, check in after hours more frequently, than my in office counterparts. I also haven’t taken a sick day in 10 years. How many office workers can say that?

AnneB 3 years ago

UGH! My boss and our HR department have the same mentality. I can do 80% of my job from my desk remotely – whether it’s in the office or at home. But no. If I’m not physically THERE, I must not be working. Doesn’t matter that shit is getting done and my customers are happy. I can’t wait until we’re in a position that I can give my 2 weeks.

    Monica 3 years ago

    I totally agree. I work for a major entertainment company but they are stuck in the era that if you’re not physically in the office then you’re not working. I as well, can do my job virtually. It doesn’t help that I work for a guy, who had a stay at home wife and a nanny, so he doesn’t understand how it is to have to leave 30 minutes early so that I can get my child from daycare. Flex time or being able to work virtually would help me tremendously but of course within my company it’s not going to happen.

Jennifer 3 years ago

I don’t know how you ladies do it in the States- here in Canada we get one year maternity leave… Kudos to all of you moms pumping at work- don’t know if I would have the stamina to keep that up!

    Sheri 3 years ago

    I totally agree, I live in Canada and couldn’t image going back to work so early, after a year of maternity leave I was ready to re-enter the work force. Never mind having to pump at work, I am not sure any of my bosses would have liked that at all. Good luck to all the moms that do it, you are my hereos.

Jo 3 years ago

I work full time and have done due to financial reasons since my LO was 6 months old. I work in the office fulltime but have the flexibility to work from home to cover for sickness etc which I am eternally grateful for.

I don’t think I’ve heard much of in NZ (other than those that work for themselves) while the kids are at home too? I don’t know I guess I’m black in white in that you’re either at work or you’re at home. Perhaps it’s a coping mechanism instead of constantly swapping hats to who is in charge…. your boss or your baby. I know that the days I stay home and juggle work with a sick kid I DREAD, you can’t put a proper work day in when you’re distracted by something else.

WPS 3 years ago

I did NOT have the same experience. I did not stress out about leaving the baby. I did not cry on the way to work. I did not call home over and over. I was at work when I was at work. I was pissed off that people thought that I would be so concerned about my baby that I could not be effective at work. I wish you would not send out the message that every woman is like this.

However, it was incredibly difficult managing the logistics of pumping and commuting, especially when living in a major metropolitan area, where commuting can range from 45 minutes to 2 hours each way (same commute, just different days). With my first child, there was no flexibility, and it was awful. The logistics is what affected my productivity. With my second child, different job, shorter commute, flexible start/end time, one day a week working from home, and everything was easier. I could be much more productive, and my child has gotten more breastfeeding longer.

Let’s stop trying to ask people to accommodate our weepy emotional roller coasters. Let’s keep focused on productivity. They’re paying us to do our jobs. Flexibility in the work environment is key to this, especially for women in the first year of a child’s life, but for all parents as well.

    Elaine 3 years ago

    WPS, I was waiting for someone to take the words out of my mouth. The only part of this I relate to is the difficulty fitting in pumping, while trying to have a productive 8 hour day. Commuting in a major metropolitan area was very difficult. Luckily after trying to do all this for a year, I was able to get a work from home arrangement 2 days a week and have moved to reduce my commute so the next baby will hopefully be easier. My work also requires that a caregiver must be present if a child is home while I’m working (but we have a caregiver outside of the home anyway). My reduced commute and ability to skip a shower and getting dressed on my work from home days allow me more morning time and evening time with my child. I don’t think talking about doing a “questionable amount of work” is doing any service to this cause. I also never saw a lunch hour in the year that I pumped, and actually, I still haven’t seen one since I became a mother.

      lB 3 years ago

      Bravo, WPS & Elaine. No one ever, ever said it was easy. Then again, it’s also not easy to work at a major corporation like Yahoo; I can guarantee you employees there have never taken the easy way out–from making stellar grades in college to busting their can above and beyond the call of duty in the workplace. This isn’t a retail shop or some small potatoes local real estate job. This is a billion-dollar corporation. Everyone who works there must know the work ethic from day 1. If you want to hold a powerful, important job, you have to act that way. Weeping in one’s office and complaining about how unfocused one is certainly isn’t the work ethic required to run a powerhouse business.

      Fair? No. But then again, women get to have the babies. And also, it’s an at-will employment position. Like or leave it.

Amber 3 years ago

Why not find a compromise? Like maybe work one or two days in office and then like the rest at home? That would be way more fair if the issue was the quality of work as for office work I honestly have no idea if it goes better at home or office I have never been an office worker I have always had to go to a place of employment which sucks! I say if you can work from home more power to you! I HATE blanket situation which usually screws a large amount of people over to please a few :(

Leah 3 years ago

This infuriates me. And yes, she has no clue because she can hire a good nanny and I guess not feel guilt about leaving her baby with said nanny. And I can understand a bit that maybe a couple of days in the office are good for collaboration, a couple of days are good at home for keeping your work/life balance in check. When the company I worked for started getting very unfriendly toward flexible scheduling (including whether you could come in a 7:15 instead of 7:30), I quickly got out of there. Too much crap to deal with when I all I want is to do my work and come home to my kids as soon as I can.

Karen 3 years ago

I hadn’t heard she eliminated flex-time. That’s awful.

miranda 3 years ago

Here’s a blanket policy the US might want to adopt: subsidized maternity leaves of a reasonable length like the rest of the first world. Terrible that women are put in this position.

    Nuts about food 3 years ago

    Totally agree. I am US mom living in Europe with two kids and don’t know how I would have survived without my two maternity leaves. It is still difficult now to organize being a working mom with two kids and I would love to be able to work from home more but in the first months there is that whole emotional tie with the baby and also the practical side if you are breastfeeding…

Jenny 3 years ago

I work from home and I am due in April. Unfortunately I take phone calls during scheduled hours and will need to hire a caretaker either in my home (preferable) or outside the home. I love working from home!

Koren Barwis 3 years ago

My guess is that she is trying to weed out old timers who abused the system. I agree that when a company is striving to be innovative and collaborative, it is easier if everyone is in one physical place. But you have to give people, especially working parents, flexibility. And you have to make them believe that you trust them.

    Sandra 3 years ago

    You can quite easily weed out the people who abuse the system through proper management. In my opinion working from home is a perk, so if you don’t perform and don’t get the job done, you lose the perk. If you keep abusing the system or if you keep underperforming, you lose your job. It’s that simple. You don’t need to remove access to this perk for everyone to sort the wheat from the chaff. Having said that I think this change is only the first sign that there soon will be layoffs at Yahoo anyway. The cynic in me also thinks that either Marissa Mayer or Yahoo or both won’t last long…

      zumpie 3 years ago

      Agree with you completely! And what I found most hilarious was the claim that these people weren’t being supervised, especially given that this is a very large, (hopefully) technologically advanced company.

      I almost worked from home for a call center and while a very small company, they had an entire series of logins and metrics to monitor their employees. If anything, they kept closer tabs on employees than most in-house companies did.

      I now work from home as a Marketing and Business Development Manager. WHEN or even how long I spend on task is completely immaterial—what matters is getting my assignments completed and increasing enrollment (36% in my first year!). Like many jobs, I might come up with something great while sorting laundry or at 3AM. No one cares, as long as I do what I’m supposed to do.

      As I read more about Mayer, she seems like someone with a history of desperately trying to display the size of her balls (yes, ladies can do that, too). It worked at Google initially because she was a cute girl and thus their mascot to be indulged. That evolved into her being their public face for much the same reason. Sadly, her PR skillz (given the fallout of all this and her penchant for keeping underlings waiting and no-showing for clients) end there. She’s riding high on queen bee status and that’s coming to a quick halt

Anna 3 years ago

Someone at work shared this with me and it infuriated me. I used to look up to this woman however now I’d like to rip her friggin head off. Must be easy when you can employ a team of nannies and housekeepers and not be a real mom.

I struggle daily with work/life balance and my two little girls. I recently had a flexible arrangement ripped out from underneath me and its causing tremendous problems at home. I was always more productive working 15 hours a day from home (2-4 times a month) and knowing my babies were safe and being able to take care of a basic errand at lunch. Now I’m planning vacation days around my kids shots.

Ahhhgghh, don’t get me started. She is a disgrace to working families.

Amy 3 years ago

I remember when my first was born and I said- I don’t know how anyone who works from home manages to squeeze in any work and take care of a baby at the same time. My kids are 3 and 1 and I still find it really really difficult to get any “work” or writing done while they are awake. And the overlap of nap time took a long long time to sync up. I think that the daily routine in this post would be really similar for a new mom trying to work from home. Maybe we need more job sharing or alternative arrangements that would allow you to be 100% at work or 100% at home and not trying to do both at the same time.

    Jen 3 years ago

    Amy I agree. I am a SAHM mom to a 17mth old and a full time student, trying to finish my degree. I had to put my darling girl in child care a few hours a day just to get some homework done during daylight hours. She is so demanding of my attention. I can understand the Yahoo CEO’s point if she realized just how hard is to focus when home for some people. Not saying this is EVERYONE, but for some it is not so easy. I also would agree that an arrangement to work and be home would be ideal

Lindsay Cresta 3 years ago

As a working mom I to was shocked to hear this decision but then again I was surprised how quick she was to say she has a good baby and being a mom is easy! Well she must have amazing loving support or she pays a shit ton of money to hire 24 hour nanny service. I had such high hopes for her :(

shonna 3 years ago

It seems horribly hypocritical for a woman who said she planned on working from home while on maternity leave to balance her corporate duties with her mommy duties to then turn around and deny her employees that same privilege.

Sarah 3 years ago

I think you’re right on the money. Also, I know that I can be very productive when I work from home. Sometimes, I can get about 3 to 4 times more done at home than I could at work, with the constant interruptions of people dropping into my office, phone calls, being attached to the email, etc. Thankfully, I have a boss who was a working mother herself, and who understands exactly what can be done from home, and when someone needs to be at home. She knows employees are better when there’s flexibility in their work-life balance. I know of some other people who could learn from her!

Roshni 3 years ago

It’s ridiculous! Is she going to bring all her employees to one huge building so they can all enjoy Face-time?! And, how do Yahoo customers interact with the employees…do they get visits to their house?!! Which world does she live in?!

Mama D 3 years ago

Unless work requires face to face interaction, productivity should be the relevant measure. Period. If the work gets done from home, or on a flex schedule, why alienate or lose good employees??

DCWriterGirl 3 years ago

I think it just goes to show that yahoo is out of touch. I work for a govt contractor and we have flexible arrangements available (I like being in the office–I’m in sales, it suits my personality to be around people) but when I have to write hard core, I’m at home doing it. She’s going to lose her best people over actions like these.

Debbie 3 years ago

I totally agree that a blanket policy is not the solution. If you’re doing a good job, meeting your job’s objectives, etc. it shouldn’t matter where/when you do the work.

However, I am interested to know how the scenario you described above about your “typical” day away from your baby would change if you were home? You’d still be breastfeeding. Still need to attend to your baby crying (which they do whether you’re there or not). Probably still be sleep deprived, etc. I guess you’d save time (not) getting dressed and not commuting…?

    hoyajeda 3 years ago

    When you’re with your baby, it’s easier to let them sleep on you while you do work… like me write now. Babies cry cause they want the mother, the host. I’ve got both babies with me while I grade midterms… much easier and financially viable for my situation. I’m not even dressed but got all my work done and it’s only 8.20 am. :)

    workingmama 2 years ago

    I work from home a normal 9 to 5 job after working it out with my manager when my mat leave was nearing its end. I had told him that I’m really on the fence about returning to work and seriously thinking of leaving, and asked if I could work from home with a nanny. I was very fortunate that he was supportive if it so I was able to keep my job and be near my baby. It’s awesome but really, if you want to make it work you HAVE TO hire help. I’m sure I couldn’t get anything done had I worked from home without a nanny taking care of my baby while I worked. Babies only nap for a short time and drops naps as they get old. So working while your baby is sleeping really doesn’t give you enough time to dedicate to work. I loved how I didn’t have to waste 2-3hrs on getting ready and commuting every day or having to deal with pumping and washing the bottles etc. It’s a great perk and because I know that it’s a previledge, I worked hard to better perform at my work. If you really wanna make it work you should hire a nanny. It’s only fair for your company as well.
    The only one downside is that advancement in career is limited. Before I got pregnant my manager and I had discussed for me to be in the management track, but working from home diverted all that. I’m planning to return to the office slowly as my LO gets older, until then I’m really not expecting a big jump.in my career.

Tragic Sandwich 3 years ago

Well, I can definitely take Yahoo! off of the lists of Places I Might Apply for Jobs.

leighanne 3 years ago

Love the way Mrs. Meyer made headlines for her astronomical payday upon accepting her position with Yahoo. A pay that insures her a great nanny and monies to protect her future and the future of her family for generations…..easy way to lose touch.

Heather 3 years ago

This happened to me. I was able to work from home with my baby up until she was two at which point the company that I worked for decided it would be better to make all of the work at home employees come in and work from the office. We had all earned our right to work from home based on our previous job performance and anyone who did not perform well from home would no longer get to work from there. I never had that problem, my job performance from home was actually better than in the office even while I was taking care of my daughter and doing my job at the same time. Our job performance wasn’t even considered when the decision to stop allowing working from home was made and I ended up quitting my job as a result. It’s a shame too because I was one of their best employees. It does give me a small sense of satisfaction though that I was able to quit. Their loss for being a company that doesn’t care about their most valuable employees.

Wendy 3 years ago

We’ve been begging for a more flexible work schedule in our office — and not just for kids. There is only one person who states that 4-10s just “don’t work” for her, which then translates to no one gets to. Unfortunately, that is NOT what having a flexible work day means. A flexible workday means that you work what works for you and as long as you work 40 hours, why should I care if you do that in 4 days, 3 days, or 7 days? We are still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to work/life balance.

Grown and Flown 3 years ago

First week back from maternity leave. Baby is fine, I am fine, Nanny sick as a dog. No working at home. Did what any sensible mom would do, told my husband to go home…not a solution I could use very often!

Nicole 3 years ago

I think it is not a matter of allowing work from home and whether or not it will be abused, but a question of management overseeing the quality and quantity of work being accomplished. There are people who can abuse work ethic being in the office as well. It’s a management situation. If the work is getting done and well, then fine. If not, then axe the person whether or not they are in the office.

Mama and the City 3 years ago

Oh my gosh. So true. I had all of these same feelings, after a year of mat leave …yes, your heard it right, but still, very hard when you feel under the loop.

1. Being on time – arrival and departure.
2. Not even think of sick days because of baby’s being sick and not you.
3. Considering working part time.

It’s hard. We need more companies that support work-from-home kind of activities.

Beth 3 years ago

I know this all too well. As a single mom, I had to go back after 2 weeks. I got to bring her with me, but it still sucked. I just wanted to be at home, with her, snuggling. I finally went full time away from her during the day 2 weeks ago. I think my performance at work has gotten better (I am out of the post pregnancy fog), but I still miss her like crazy. I am literally at the point where if some rich man offered me his hand in marriage, and I could stay at home, I would do it – just to be at home with her.


adrian 3 years ago

It is definitely a tough situation and unfortunately, so many people abuse these opportunities, which makes it rough on the rest of us who do stick to the rules. Fortunately, I had cooperative Managers, so I was able to work full time (and very productively) after my children were born. I was able to work from the office in the mornings, then work from home in the afternoon while the baby napped. It wasn’t perfect and it got rough when he became mobile at a very early age – walking at 8 or 9 months, I believe. But we persevered and he’s 14 now and hardly any trouble at all. Well, not as much, anyway!


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