Did you take some time off from your career plans after having your baby and now you’re headed back to work again? For any mom that change will be a great transition. Whether it has been a year or two or half a decade or more, the fact is, you’ll need to make some adjustments to help transition back into the workforce. Here are some tops tips and tricks to help make it easier on you and your family.
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First things first, it is important to look at your schedule and child care or school. Know your options are for child care:
- family or friends when it is just an hour until someone gets home and school release time
- day care
- live in care like an au pair or nanny
- in home live-out care
- after care at school
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Another concern a working mom has to consider is summer camps for school-age kids. The benefit of an au pair or other live-in option is that you can change your schedule for the summer easily, but otherwise, camps can be expensive. Even if you have your child in regular care through the year, a change of scenery can be worthwhile, so summer camps will often come into play. See our updated list for SE Michigan here!
Finally, don’t forget that the house won’t take care of itself. While you’re working out that new budget with your income, consider your options for having someone to come to clean the house. If you can afford a monthly service, add that in. If it is weekly, even better. Know the price points for each and see what you can work into the budget, so that your time spent at home can be spent with a family and not scrubbing toilets.
It will also be important that you figure out a meal plan and also meal prep on weekends, so that evenings are not rushed.
If you’re making a career change with heading back to work it may be a mesmerizing a bit. Yes, you worked before, and you may notice that work isn’t the same after kids. Your life is different, your concerns are different, and your outlook is even different. So it is important to keep your perspective positive, know your goals, and ensure you have a work-life balance that allows you to develop as a person, AND keep your family life moving forward.