Don't Want to Go Back to Work After Maternity Leave? 10 Things to Think About


Your Expectations

The vision: My baby and me, smiling, taking walks in the early summer sunshine, then heading home so he could nap while I turned our home into something resembling a picture from a magazine.

The reality: My baby and me, both crying on the sofa, trapped in the house by the second consecutive week of rain. Surrounded by piles of laundry, I call my husband to beg him to pick up dinner.

How do you picture your life at home with a baby? Are your expectations realistic? Ask friends who have been in your shoes to describe a typical day (preferably without crying). If you think you'll go crazy staying home, returning to work might be healthier for you and your baby.