Parental Leave Coaching

Parental leave coaching typically takes place in 6 or 12 month engagements (pre-leave, during leave, and/or upon return), depending on the circumstances and needs of the attorney.  Sample topics offered in parental leave coaching for individual attorneys include: 

  • Announcing your leave
  • Transition plan and/or Work handover
  • Preparing for return
  • Pumping at work
  • Managing emotions
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Getting up to speed on return
  • Tips for making it work when you’re part of a dual career couple
  • Wellbeing—finding time for self-care
  • Considerations for flexible work requests
  • It’s my first child—I don’t know what I don’t know!
  • Managing Guilt
  • Disconnecting during leave
  • Controlling the narrative—how to signal your dedication when you’re pregnant or just back from leave
  • Expectant and new fathers—managing stigma when you take your full paternity leave
  • Recalibrating responsibilities with your spouse: outsourcing, delegating, eliminating
  • Preparing for re-entry while still on leave
  • How to handle overwhelm
  • Preparing for your first day back to work (e.g. practice run, returning mid-week, beginning childcare a few days/week before)
  • Planning a business trip while still nursing
  • Showing appreciation for those who covered for you
  • Resilient mindsets for parents
  • Making flexible work arrangements successful
  • Setting expectations & managing boundaries
  • Support networks at work and home
  • Being present
  • First 100 days back
  • Knowing your value
  • Personal brand
  • Get in front of unconscious bias
  • Maternal gatekeeping—recognizing and overcoming it
  • Career couples
  • Clarifying values—are you honoring them?
  • Maintaining visibility/networking upon return