Maternity Leave Learnings
October 2020

By Sophia Littledale

 

Maternity leave has been and gone. After six wholesome months, I’m back in the part-time fray.

Sorry to go all Goop on you, but a life-changing event like this calls for journaling, a gratitude list and of course, three key things I’ve learnt during my time away:

 

A sense of perspective

To paraphrase Fleabag’s ode to hair, pre maternity leave my thought process went something like this:

Hair Work is everything, we wish it wasn’t so we could actually think about something else occasionally. But it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day. We’re meant to think that it’s a symbol of power, that it’s a symbol of fertility. Some people are exploited for it and it pays your f***ing bills. Hair Work is everything.”

You get the idea. 

But things have changed. Don’t get me wrong, delighting clients is still a core value, but I can now interchange ‘work’ with the Arket kids sale/getting enough sleep/the next developmental leap.

 

Delegation

As Gary Barlow found out during his solo career, no man is an island. You can be a good songwriter, but you still need an impressive team around you. 

Going on maternity leave forced my hand. I had to learn to delegate more efficiently. This meant giving our team members the chance to step up to the challenge. Inevitably, they had all the skills, experience and knowledge to deliver a fantastic job, and a beautiful new Favola re-brand to boot. High five, team 🙌🏽

 

The importance of mental stimulation

Baby sensory classes are great. They really are. What’s not to love? Your baby is so over-stimulated they pass out for hours afterwards. Cue hot cups of tea, sharing the latest @sohohousememes with your basic bitch friends and batch cooking baby food (in an attempt to ease your Ella’s Kitchen habit).

However, sometimes you need a little mental stimulation of your own to counterbalance this. For me, that’s creative brainstorms, strategic meetings and overseeing our Xero account like a hawk.

It’s great to be back. 

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