In this episode, lawyer and working-parent advocate Lori Mihalich-Levin joins Kinia Romanowska to discuss the rituals and key conversations that can bring support, resilience, and structure into the delicate transition back to work after maternity leave.
Lori also offers key strategies for managing energy, honoring our needs, and staying grounded when hardly anything about life and work is normal and predictable.
Listen in to glean insights and tips on cultivating mindfulness in your daily life and building supportive relationships at home and at work so you can make your return to work smooth and confident.
Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, health care lawyer at her own firm, The GME Group, PLLC., has poured her passion for empowering working parents into Mindful Return, a movement that helps new moms and dads navigate the uncertain terrain of working parenthood. Mother to two boys, she is also the author of the widely-acclaimed book “Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave,” and co-host of the Parents at Work Podcast.
Connect with Lori and her Mindful Return program on Instagram @mindfulreturn and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mindfulreturn
3:04 How to make a “mindful return”
05:02 The Saturday basket: keeping chaos in one place
6:27 Even if the world ends...I’ll be on point!
8:42 “I’m the Chief bottle washer, you’re the Chief diaper changer:” sharing the domestic labor
9.47 Responsibility-sharing is a never-ending conversation
13:05 Micro tips for managing your energy
14:44 Daily rituals that help us hit “pause,” shift pace and stay grounded
20:36 Why self-care benefits our kids, too
23:45 Me-time...in bulk!
26:07 The top three things women must negotiate for work-life integration
31:11 What new moms need to acknowledge if they want to succeed
33:18 The wisdom of hindsight: advice for new moms
37:22 What will your kids say about you in 25 years?
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Kinia Romanowska is a mother of two, wife, and award-winning journalist turned founder and CEO of Pros&Babes. She helps women in STEM, competitive, and corporate careers (and their employers) turn the "motherhood penalty" into their greatest advantage, through the MoMBA™ (Mom MBA), a 12-month hybrid group coaching, and 1-1 program.
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