Being a mom is by far the hardest job a woman will ever have. Anyone who is a parent can testify to this fact and I am one of them!
Juggling everyday tasks while catering to your little one takes a lot. It takes skill, organization, time management, and tons of patience.
No matter the age of your child or children, they always need something. They need your time, your love, your attention, a bottle, diaper change, help tying their shoes, finding their clothes……the list goes on and on.
All the while, you still have to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, do laundry, dishes, sweep, mop, grocery shop…I think you get the point. Being a parent is a full time job all on its own. Some moms are able to stay home and devote all of their attention to this full time job.
But what about those who have to, or choose to return to work?
Returning to Work
Whether you are returning to work after taking a short maternity leave or going back to work after months or years of being a stay at home mom, it’s a little bit scary.
There is so much that has to be done at home and with the kids, how will you ever be able to manage working full time on top of everything else on your plate? The answer to that question is preparation.
Having your family prepared for this big change is the key to making it a smooth transition.
Talk it over with everyone
Sit down with your significant other, or anyone that might be helping with the kids, and talk to them about your plan and your schedule. If your kids are old enough to understand, talk to them too. The more prepared they are, the easier it will be on everyone.
If you have to get a daycare or babysitter, start early. Don’t wait until your first day back to leave your kids with a sitter or daycare. I always started at least a week or 2 early.
Dropping them off at daycare for a couple hours or meeting with the sitter and then having them come to the house. It gave my kids a chance to get to know the people that would be watching them, so when it came time to actually go to work, it wasn’t too hard on them or me.
It’s always a good idea to do things in advance if you can. If you have time, make everyone’s lunch and pick out clothes the night before. Make sure all of your backpacks and briefcases are packed and ready to go for the morning. You can even make dinners in advance and freeze them to make dinner time a breeze!
All of these little things will not only save you precious moments during an already hectic morning, but it will also save your sanity! There is nothing worse than having to search for backpacks or homework in the morning or having to turn around after you have already left to get something you have forgotten.
Give yourself peace of mind
Another big stressor for working moms is worrying about your little ones when they aren’t with you. I wish that there was a magic spell or something I could tell you that will make this worry go away, but unfortunately there isn’t. There are a few things you can do to help ease your worries though.
The first thing you can do is make sure that you share all of your contact information with anyone who will be watching your precious baby. Cell phone number, work number, address, emergency contact information should be left with anyone watching your children. Also, making sure that they are up to date on all vaccinations will help put your mind at ease while your child is around other people and other children.
If you have someone coming to your home to babysit, investing in a nanny cam will help you to know what is happening when you are not home. There are even some daycares that will let you “tap” into their onsite cameras so you can be there even when you really aren’t. How cool is that?!
It takes a lot of planning to get everyone ready for you to go back to work. Once you get everything planned out, it’s a good idea to do a couple trial runs. You know the saying “practice makes perfect!” This is no exception. It will help you work out any hiccups and give you an idea of how long it will take you to get everyone ready, fed, out the door and get yourself to work on time.
Ease back into the flow
If it is possible, talk to your employer and see if you can start back part time for the first week or two. Working a few short shifts a couple times a week will help you and your family settle into the new routine. It will also help you get use to not being with your kids all the time and having to leave them with someone else.
It will be rough at first but don’t get discouraged. Eventually everyone will settle into the new routine and it will become second nature for the whole family. Try not to stress it too much.
You’ve got this momma!!