|By the time I get home from work in the evening, my baby is
already getting sleepy so I don’t get to spend much
time with her then. I worry about whether she is getting enough
quality time with me. How do you know when you are fulfilling
The most important thing for you to do is learn to relax
about this. Your baby is not a work project, and you really
do not have to perform in this arena. All you have to do
is include her in what you are doing once you get home.
If she is sleepy by the time you arrive, then you may only
have time for a cuddle, maybe a story or a song, and then
she may want to sleep? The fact that you spend this time
with her is – you guessed it – quality time.
If you get a bit more time and want to change and do a few
chores first, just include her in this. Chat to her while
you change your clothes. Let her hold and play with your
clothes. She is learning, absorbing and spending time with
you. She has your attention, or at least part of it.
If she is awake before you leave in the morning, make an
effort to also make her part of your routine. Sing and chat
and discuss your choice of outfit with her. This is fun
for a baby, and then you can leave for work having spent
some time with her. Weekends will also give you a chance
to include her in your every day activities, like shopping
and cleaning, and of course the chance to relax and play.
As a working woman, you will often be tired and unable
to put in a lot of effort. Don’t try to be superwoman.
Just be with your baby in a quiet way – it’s
your company she wants most of all!
Quality time - Stay
at home mom