If you decided to stay home with the kids, there will probably be a time when you decide to go back to work. This happens to a lot of moms. Once the kids are school, you look around an empty house and wonder what you’re supposed to do. Some moms find it tough to make the transition back to work, so hopefully these tips help.
1. Assess your situation
Make sure you understand why you are going back to work. If you don’t have a goal in mind, you won’t be sure if the choice is fulfilling. Do you need the money? Do you want your career back? Do you just want adult conversation? All of those are find reasons, but understanding why will help you find a new job that meets your needs.
2. Look for mom-friendly jobs
You might need something other than the typical 9-5 to meet the needs of your family. Part time work might be for you, or perhaps you can find something that allows you to work from home. Seek out employers that are especially friendly to families.
3. Practice interviewing
Like anything else, interviewing takes training. Keep in mind that at this time in your life, you can’t accept just any job. It has to fit your life, whether that means a certain compensation, certain benefits, certain schedule, etc. So an interview is just as much for them as it is for you. Bring a list of questions with you to the interview so you can make sure it’s right for you.
4. Be flexible with position and compensation
Keep in mind that being out of the workforce for a while will take a toll on your career. You’ll understandably be behind in a few ways. You won’t be able to jump back into your old job. Accept that you might have to take a lesser position for a while until you acclimate yourself. Don’t be ashamed of taking a simpler job; all honest work is good.
5. Cut your obligations
Even if you’re only introducing a part time job, you have to cut back some of the extra things you do every week so you don’t run yourself too thin. You may have to leave the PTA or stop being the basketball coach. You might have to leave your book club or start preparing some less elaborate meals. Don’t feel like you have to keep the same pace.
6. Hold a trial run
It can be a big change for the family when mom has to be out of the house in the morning. Arrange a trail run a few weeks before you go back that simulates the experience so you can iron out any kinks before you really have somewhere to be. Set your alarm and get everyone through their morning routine as if you have to go to work. Even drop them off with the babysitter for a while. You don’t have to disappear all day, but this will give you the option to solve problems before they become big problems.
How did you adjust when you went back to work?
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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