Find the gaps for parents and fill them. I started The Family Room to fill a gap for new and expecting parents with education + community. I knew there was a need, but underestimated the impact we could have. Almost five very busy and fulfilling years later, I am more passionate than ever about supporting new parents, however we can.
Many of our moms return to work. One of the most common questions in our prenatal breastfeeding class is about pumping and going back to work. Still pregnant, and it is already on their mind. Then we see it again in Mommy & Me, where we dedicate an entire class to the topic of transitions – going back to work and staying home. Both are challenging for new parents, but it’s our Going Back to Work Workshop where moms express the most concerns, share worries, and diligently take notes about pumping.
Why? Because there is a gap. And the gap is family-friendly benefits. The gap is employers not having the resources to fully support women returning to work and parents in the workplace. We are going to fill it. I don’t want to teach women coping skills for going back to intimidating environments. I want to teach companies how to do better. To make systemic changes. Foundational, cultural changes. There is a whole lot of work to do, but we have to start somewhere. The Family Room is expanding education + community to the workplace.
Stay tuned for more details over the next several weeks. And in the meantime, if you have a return to work experience you would like to share, work in HR, or have an HR department you would us to work with, let me know.