Maternity Leave Unplugged? No Way!
I had been looking forward to my maternity leave for about nine months. That’s not to say I don’t love my job. I do. It’s just that it can be a stressful one at times, and one from which I can never completely unplug. So I was truly looking forward to having a few months to concentrate on nothing but family and home life. So why is it now that I’m finding I can’t completely unplug? I’ve been in touch with the office more than I thought I would be three weeks after giving birth. I’ve been passing on e-mails that come my way, circulating news stories that I think might interest colleagues, and getting regular updates on what’s going on in my absence. My boss even chastised me yesterday to “stay off e-mail for awhile!” I didn’t feel this same need to stay quite so connected the first time around, but this time I really enjoy being kept in the loop and knowing what’s going on. Is it possible it’s just a sign of the times? In the past four years we’ve become even more of a plugged in nation, attached to our Facebook accounts, addicted to our Blackberries and electronically tethered to the constant flow of news and information. Perhaps when my newborn son has more waking hours, I’ll feel differently, but for now, I think being unplugged during my maternity leave would be the start of becoming unplugged for me.