While it’s commonly understood that there is no good time to have a child, it felt like it was the right time in our lives to begin our family. We both worked for a stable, small IT consulting company. We were also having a new, bigger house built so we could raise our family in it.
Then, all the fears began about how the company would react to the news that impacted two of its seven employees. When should we tell them? Would they be flexible? Another big one was maternity leave and the prospect of putting my new baby in childcare after the maternity leave was up. I’ve always wanted children but felt being a stay-at-home (or work-at-home) mom would be the way I would do it.
I was prepared for all sorts of scenarios and negotiations around new routines at work and home. When the day came to discuss with my boss, I was pleasantly surprised by his suggestion that I could bring my son to work with me! It was a small company and they wanted me to be happy and content, as well as support me. The rest of the staff was rarely in the office. So having my son there wasn’t likely going to be a problem until he reached the crawling stages. I was beyond excited that I wouldn’t have to lose my income or put my son in daycare.
While the size of the company worked to my advantage as far as the ability to bring my son to the office, working for a small company can mean a potential lack of adequate backup. I had hoped to take a decent leave of absence after my son was born. Unfortunately, I was only able to get one week off for maternity leave. I did, however, have the flexibility to work from home on the latest software conversion that inconveniently had been scheduled for the day I went into labor. Nevertheless, I established routines and wore my baby so much. This helped me maintain a bond with him while being productive at work.
Overall, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity I had while starting my family. I would want every prospective family to know to plan for the best- and worst-case scenarios. They should understand the many options to consider as they accommodate their growing family. This is how I balanced parenting while maintaining a tech job.
At Linux Academy, we know how hard it is to balance family life with your tech career. Read more about how other Linux Academy employees handle parenting while working in the tech industry and stay tuned for more!