Dear Dr. Ada:
How long should I stay at home with my baby before returning to my full time work in a law office?
Ideally, a parent should stay home with a child for the first 2 to 3 years of life. This period is important for establishing a secure sense of attachment between the child and his or her parent, which will enable the child to develop a sense of self identity, self confidence, curiosity, and motivation to learn and develop, love of self and others, as well as feel joy and excitement about life.
You can learn more about the importance of the mother-child relationship in my book, The Drama of the Mother-Child Bond: What Every Woman Should Know about Motherhood, Career and Children available on Amazon.