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Monday, January 28, 2008

Easy Returns

You hear tell of many new moms who approach the end of their maternity leaves with dread and anguish. Will their precious baby be okay without them? Will they crumple on their desks from missing their little bundle of joy? Will they be torn in two - always yearning for the place they're not as they shift between work and home?

It's enough to cause some to dial up the boss the day before to announce a change of heart. Not this mom. She reports an easy, breezy return to her job, and absolute joy at the ability to eat lunch in one sitting, talk with other adults, and sip a cup of tea before it turns cold. Sure, she misses her baby a bit, but...drumroll...she's not worried...she's left him in the competent hands of his loving father.

Although this mom doesn't give us the gory details of how Dad got competent during her leave, the point is that he DID. He become a true co-parent. She can enjoy her return to work and her dual roles as employee and mother - and so can he.

My one question: Does Dad plan to share home childraising duties for the foreseeable future or just for a few weeks? She doesn't say. With ESP, sharing a long-term solution.

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