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Step into Mama’s Work Shoes: How the story got started.

“Why do you have to go, Aunt C?” My niece frowns, my heart melts, and I want to cancel my adult life so I can stay. But I can’t. “I have to go back to Brooklyn, to work.” “Oh, yeah,” she nods, “to make more books for kids.” “Exactly.” “Okay. But write very fast, Aunt C, so you can come back.” It’s so emotional for young children to transition when a beloved caretaker must “go away” for any reason or amount of time–so it is of course a special and specific challenge when a primary parent returns to the workforce. A few years ago I had several friends of different ages and financial stature all navigating the complexities of returning to work after being at home with a young child. I listened