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Returning to work after a year off

Maternity leave is over -- and panic is setting in

by Christine LaRocque  |  4795 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

So why is it so hard? It's simple, I love them, with every fibre of my being. As much as it is important to me and helps me to achieve the goals I have for my family and me, I don't relish leaving them. If there was a better balance to be had, perhaps I would take it. For the moment this is how it has to be for our family. For the moment I must forget that I have only this short time left and focus on enjoying them every moment I'm with them.

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I'm a 30-something communications professional and mom to two boys working to balance career, parenthood, marriage, and a sense of self. I blog at

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  • I am so glad that I found this article. I am returning to work in a few weeks after being off for a year with my 3 year old and my now 10 month old girl. I am feeling everything that you wrote about feeling. It's nice to know that someone else out there has been where I am. I am electing to return to work for the same reasons as you and, man, I feel so guilty about it. Thank you for your article. :0)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Katie on 17th August 2011

  • Enjoyed reading this, Christine. I just went back to work after leave. I have a beautiful 3 month-old baby boy and know how you feel. Thanks for sharing this.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by New Mom Lesly on 8th March 2011