Originally Posted by kaybee
And a minor gripe... I am the only tenure-track person in my department and thus the one with the least power/control/etc.. My department head, dean, and computer IT guy are now all related to each other.
I'm LOL at myself. I was reading along, not aware it was you, Kaybee, and I was thinking, "Geez this sounds like Kaybee's department." Sounds like a good strategy you mapped out.
Strategies for returning from leave. Well I never really had leave, but here's what I needed that didn't have:
1. Set work hours and keep them. If baby's sick or whatever then yes, let them get lax. But if you schedule childcare, use said childcare for work related stuff. I'm in the midst of a project (well trying to back out of a project) with a colleague with a pair of twins who are two? three?. She told me at the beginning of the summer that her kids were in daycare 2-3 days a week all summer. She's been on campus a total of 300 minutes all summer. Not working during those daycare times and then not understanding why she hasn't made time to review my paper. I'm not saying don't ever take time off, I'm saying just make a habit of working when you say you will and NOT working when you plan to NOT work.
2. In your time off, figure out what your backup childcare plan will be. Is it a friend? Is it a spouse? Does your dcp stay late if you have a night meeting? (for instance my kids went to Kaybee's house when I had a job interview dinner 2 years ago - daycare was long closed, dh was working).
3. Don't forget food for you. Life is really crazy when you're trying to leave the house as a mom. It is hard to remember everything. My husband has a checklist for when he's leaving the house pre-coffee (like to go workout in the summer). I had an index card in the car with everything I was supposed to have: computer, food, baby, diaper bag, etc. But for me food is essential to making my brain work well. (duh, I know). If I forgot my lunch when I had a baby I had no good option for lunch (especially since i was pumping when I was eating lunch and if I forgot my lunch I had to go to a cafe).