This summer my sister gave birth to a healthy baby boy. It’s been a lot of fun to have a new baby around and my kids are loving their new role as the older cousins.
My sister’s company has what I considered a fairly generous maternity leave, so she was able to spend several months home with the baby. When the time came for her to go back to work, I knew I wanted to do something fun to ease the transition. I gathered the “necessities” every mom needs to go back to work, arranged them in a box and included this note:
Back to Work Survival Kit
Pictures for your desk
A snack in case you miss breakfast
Tissues, because you never know
Starbucks card to wake you up
Shout for when you spill something on your way to the office
Deodorant when you walk out the door without it
Lotion for dry hands
Life Savers for fresh breath
Quote cards when you need encouragement
Mac n Cheese as a go to dinner for a late night
I shipped the box so she would get it a couple days before her first day back. I didn’t tell her it was coming. I knew she had enough on her mind. I remember my own days before going back to work as being filled with a wide range of emotions, including stress, excitement, anxiety, freedom, nervousness, anticipation and exhaustion. I was hoping this care package would bring a smile to her face and give her a few useful things she could use to keep at her desk to get through those first few days. When the package arrived, she texted right away. It brought a smile to her face and relieved some of the tension she’d been feeling getting ready for the big day.
While I was putting this gift together, it sparked an idea – what if I made this “Working Mom Survival Kit” available on a bigger scale? I’ve spent the last few weeks researching and gathering materials. I pulled more motivational quotes from my blogs and printed them out (stay tuned for more on these). I took pictures, built the website and now it’s finally ready! The Working Mom Survival Kit is now available for purchase on my website, just click this link to check it out.
It’s hard to know how to support Moms as they head back to work, especially when you live far away. My intention with this kit is that you can send it as a reminder to the Working Mom in your life that you are thinking of them, cheering them on and supporting them along the way.
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I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.