Welcoming a child into the world is an overwhelming experience. The early weeks of getting to know your little one - and learning how to be a parent - are a special time, filled with wonder and excitement. But they are also full of questions, concerns, and doubts. How do I know if I am getting it right? Why can't I figure out how to soothe the baby? Should we use a pacifier? Shouldn't she be sleeping for more than an hour at a time?
For those parents who have decided to return to the workforce, anxiety about the transition back to the office adds another layer of uncertainty. Can I really walk out the door and leave my baby in someone else's hands (no matter how qualified and experienced they may be)? How on earth can I possibly work a full day; take care of the never-ending laundry, dishes, and mess this tiny creature creates; and be a present parent and spouse - on little or no sleep?!? Will I be able to catch up (and keep up) with colleagues who aren't facing the same challenges?
Despite the universality of this experience, resources to help new parents navigate the transition mindfully are sorely lacking. That is why I am so excited to share information about the upcoming Mindful Return e-course, which begins August 10. During this four week online offering, participants will learn how to strategically plan their return to the workplace, meet a community of other parents sharing the same experience and brainstorm practical solutions to common logistical challenges. Participants will graduate from the course empowered to make calm, thoughtful choices that enable them to focus on what matters most: their precious little ones!
Registration and additional information is available here. Special thanks to Lori Mihalich-Levin for creating this wonderful resource!