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'You're not special': When pregnancy banter turns into bullying

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18.09.2019

My boss enjoys personal conversations at work. We both became single mums at a similar age and she would chat with me about dating and give me motherhood advice before I gave birth. When pregnant, I noticed phrases like "You'll be like me" etc creeping in. But I'm not like her.

Meetings about maternity leave after the birth crossed from professional into personal and I felt chastised or childish for asking for additional unpaid leave, since she went back full time at three months. Comments like "you need to understand how to properly provide for your son", "you need to be more adult about this" and "you know you're not special" really hurt.

From this personal/professional confusion, I'm tempted to resign. Any advice?

Presumptuous........

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