We no longer live in a decade where working mothers are frowned upon. And for a good reason!
Working mothers are one of the strongest backbones of any society. Still – wanting to provide for your children, especially while they’re still young, can sometimes seem challenging. Motherhood is bound to keep you busy, and so will work.
But if you change the way you approach the situation, you might be surprised just how much you can accomplish. When you’re ready to jump back into the workforce, don’t let anything stand in your way.
Here are some tips to help you realize that combining motherhood and work doesn’t have to be as hard as most people think.
Consider What Your Schedule is Like
Every family’s situation – and schedule – is different. Babies require a lot more attention than grown children, and kids of all ages have commitments for which they may need transportation (think soccer practice, music lessons, or other extracurricular activities happening outside of their school).
Before you start to apply for jobs, consider how you could move things around to open up a few hours of the day exactly where you need them to perform the job. Of course, nothing in life is ever fully predictable, but it’s easier to find a job you can stick to when you know what exactly it would take in terms of a scheduling commitment on your part.
There’s a smaller risk of trial and error once you start considering entering the workforce from the perspective of your family schedule.
Think Ahead As Far As You Can
There are probably a lot of things you like to do around the house. You want to know your children are going to be able to eat a nutritious dinner every night, and you need to be sure they have clean clothes every day. You can still do all that, even if you’re working a full time job.
But for that you need a good strategy, smart planning, and top-notch time management skills. So here are a couple of tips to make your life easier as you transition into the lifestyle of a working mother.
Try prepping meals ahead of time and putting laundry on a schedule. Create a weekly meal plan and make a large trip to the grocery store once a week to get all the ingredients. Devoting an hour or two here or there to handle things in advance will free you up later on during the week – and trust me, you’ll be grateful for all this time!
Choose a Career Path Carefully
When you start clicking through Gumtree and other job boards, you should already have a clear idea of what you’re looking for in terms of schedule and hours you’ve got available during the day.
What you should really be thinking about is what kind of work you would actually find rewarding. You might feel a little double booked between your children and work, so you need the assurance that your career won’t feel like it’s weighing you down.
That’s why it pays to choose your new career path carefully. Take a little time to be choosy – don’t start sending out your resume to every job that seems like it would work with your life. Look through the available offers to see which jobs would give you most satisfaction while fitting your busy schedule.
Delegate Household Responsibilities
If you aren’t the only pair of able hands, you shouldn’t be treated like one. Maintaining the household is a responsibility that applies to everyone who lives within that household. It’s only fair to organize family life with that rule in mind. Assign your children age appropriate chores – teach them that being part of a household means lots of fun, but also the responsibility.
If your significant other is available, make sure your back is covered when things get busy. That’s especially important when you’re starting out and you both need to get used to your new schedule. You’re going to be handling a lot, and it might be difficult when you’re still trying to process the big shift.
Everyone else should be supporting you by filling in the blanks you leave behind. That’s what family is all about.
Take Time For Yourself
One of the biggest lessons working moms need to learn is that they all deserve time to themselves. Whether you like to garden, golf, hike, or sketch portraits, it’s absolutely imperative that you find the time to do it. Being a mother is a full time job all by itself, and when you combine that with work, it’s shocking how quickly the time slips away.
But you need some alone time, just like any other human being. Carve out moments during the week that you can dedicate to your hobbies or things you find interesting.
In order to keep yourself from burning out, always make time to do something you love. It will help you be your best self both at home and at the office. Combining the responsibilities of a mother and professional is tough, but many mothers do it successfully so there’s no reason to panic.
When you’re considering combining a career with motherhood, make sure you’re ready to do it. Give yourself time and be selective when looking at job offers. Everyone has their own rhythm when it comes to returning to the workforce after a few years spent on taking care of the children. In fact, moms go back to work at different times for different reasons.
When you feel the urge to get back out there, make sure you’re comfortable enough to give it your all. Then follow these tips to make sure that your transition into a working professional is smooth and painless – leaving you with all the excitement that comes with new challenges life sets in front of you!