Today my best NCT mummy friend returned to work after having her first baby. She was really excited about it, but a few people around her said demotivating things like, are you ok to go back? / are you worried about leaving your baby in nursery? / oh, that’s a shame, we took the first few years off with out babies.
Although we are striving for equality in the workplace there is still a huge gender gap – not only in pay, but also in how we view women who want to go back to work. I admire her for going back and feeling positive about incorporating work into her life. So, for her first day back her husband and I sent her a big bunch of flowers with a little poem. Sometimes small gestures go a long way…
Today you go back to work, to be a business lady,
Izzy thinks you set a good example to all the other babies,
AND you got a promotion; we all think you are very clever,
To manage work, a house and the five of us together.
We have decided that your brain must be enormous,
Because now you are managing performance…
Just remember to calm down the crazy,
Don’t do the silly voice (keep that for Katie).
Izzy is looking forward to making friends at nursery,
And Phoebe and Katie will miss you at baby sensory,
But we aren’t worried and we know that our weekend time,
Will be filled with frolicking, love and wine!
Now on a very serious note as Andrew doesn’t want to alarm you,
You can skip hovering every day now, as we agree you have enough to do,
You are an amazing business lady, friend, mummy and wife,
It’s lovely to be living such a wonderful life.