Great Tips for Moms Returning to Work

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Making the decision to return to work once you’ve had children can be exceptionally difficult. Women do it for all different reasons. For some, it’s as simple as needing the money. For others, it’s about having something for them, providing, and being a great role model. Then, for others, it’s because they love their job and don’t want to give it up. Whatever your reasons, returning to work can be a wonderful thing, but it will be difficult. Here are some great tips to help becoming a working mom easier.

Find a Job You Love

You may already have a career you love, which is fantastic. But, many of us don’t. Before having children, if you hated your job, this is the perfect time to make a change and find a new career, maybe something you’ve never considered. Look for work in growing industries that offers you a challenging and exciting role. A career in law could be a great option. If you are interested in following this rewarding career path, consider an online paralegal degree. Studying an online para program gives you great options to study flexibly, around your family commitments.

Consider Flexible Working Options

Working part-time, or arranging to work some of your hours from home, can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. Many businesses offer women flexible working options, so speak to your manager or HR department to find out what they could offer you.

Find Great Childcare

Having fantastic childcare that your children love, and you trust, will make the whole process a lot easier. If you need professional childcare, the main options are a childminder, nursery or nanny. It can be difficult decision, so meet with a few, and view different settings to make sure you find the right person or place for your family.

Stick to a Routine

When it comes to being a working parent, routine is incredibly important, both for you and the children. While you may need to be flexible at times, children really benefit from a structured routine, so try to work the same shifts, collect them at the same times, and have the same routine together at home. This will help them feel secure and settled, and make your life a lot easier.

Set Aside Quality Time

Make sure you make time for your family. When we’re busy, it can be difficult, but remember what is important. Children change so fast, you will spend your life regretting it if you miss too much. Set aside whole days together, but also little bits of every day. This could just be half an hour at the end of every day to read a story together. Make it a time that you all look forward to.

Remember to look after yourself. Take a break when you need it. Eat well, and get lots of sleep. If you don’t, you will be tired, stressed out, and unhealthy, which won’t help you at work or at home. Being a working parent can be hard, but don’t feel guilty for doing it. As long as your children are healthy and happy, and you are doing the right thing for your family, it’s ok. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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