As a new mother, you may consider maintaining your job or business and still taking care of your family. It can be hard to balance everything, but there are many ways to make it work. For example, some people choose to stay-at-home with their children while others go back to work part-time. Whatever you decide, here are some tips on how to manage the transition:
Have a plan in place before the baby is born so that you know what will happen next when the time comes. There are many different options to choose from, but it comes down to your needs and wants. Do you want somebody else taking care of the baby so that you can continue working? Or would you like somebody to take over for a few hours during the day or week so that you don’t have any breaks in between tasks? You might also stop working altogether. There is no right answer; it is entirely up to you and what your baby will need.
Find Flexible Work Arrangements
Many companies offer flexible work arrangements for their employees so they can balance both roles. A flexible work arrangement may include but is not limited to part-time hours, telecommuting from home once/twice a week, or full-time.
If you can find a company that offers this option, it will be easier to manage your career and new motherhood. However, if none of the companies you wish to work with offers this option, you may want to consider finding a new position.
When looking for flexible work arrangements, make sure that the company is reputable and has some success in their industry, or they will not provide any long-term employment.
Create A Schedule And Stick To It
If your employer or clients cannot accommodate your flexible schedule, try creating one yourself. Write down your schedule for the week on a piece of paper or via an online calendar. Make sure to include the time that you will work and any breaks in between sessions.
Having this resource can help you teach yourself how long specific tasks take and provide insight into what needs to be done first. Additionally, creating a schedule lets you see if you are spending too much time on one activity or client.
Make sure to do your best work for each task, but be conscious of the time it takes to complete these tasks so that you can finish within your schedule. Creating a schedule helps new mothers manage their day and get things done efficiently and provides them with potential time to take a break and relax.
Manage Your Expectations
A new mother should also try managing her expectations regarding work, especially if this is the first time they are taking care of their child. You may need to spend more time on tasks or finish them later than expected. Remember that you can ask your employer for flexibility in your schedule if you need to leave early or take time off when the baby is sick. If you are self-employed, make sure that you manage your expectations by setting deadlines and limits on tasks.
You should also try not to be hard on yourself when it comes to work because this will only create stress, affecting your health and your ability to take care of the baby. It is always advisable to ask for help when necessary, so you can focus on work or spend more time with your child.
Take Some Pressure Off
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself; consider hiring help for childcare and housework if possible. There are a lot of options for childcare, from family members to daycares or nannies. In addition, cleaning services can be hired to help with the housework and cooking if that is too much work on top of your other responsibilities.
Deciding To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom
If you decide to be a full-time mother, you should make this decision without feeling any guilt. Being a mother might be the most fulfilling and rewarding job you have ever had. Whether you decide to quit your job or leave your business behind, you should follow your heart and do what makes you happy. Here are a few tips on how to move on from your career:
- Meet with your employer and explain your feelings and that you have decided to stay home full time. It is always a good idea to leave on good terms. If you would like to return to your career in a couple of years, you will have a door open.
- If you are a business owner, consider valuing your business. This will give you a good idea of your business’s worth and its long-term sustainability. Then, when the time comes for you to sell, you will know what your business is worth.
- If you do not want to sell your business, consider becoming a silent partner, this way, you can still profit from the business but not have to take care of it. If none of these suit your fancy, consider hiring a manager for your company. When you decide that motherhood might be within reach, contemplate who will run things in your absence and make sure they can handle it.
- Lastly, do not feel like you need to make a decision right away. If it is what your heart truly wants and this comes as an epiphany, then follow it. If the feeling does come over time, consider whether or not leaving everything behind would be worth it. It might take some time, but trust yourself that you will know what the right choice is for yourself when the moment comes for you to act.
As women, we want to do it all. We want to be everything for everyone, and that includes our jobs. However, after having a baby, you may be unsure of what is best for you and your heart’s desire. Therefore, it would be best if you took your time in deciding and, in the end, did what is best for yourself and your family. In conclusion, the transition might be challenging, but worth it if you decide to maintain your career, and if you choose to be a stay-at-home mom, it should be a guilt-free decision to enjoy every second with your little one. Either way, the decision you make should be what makes you happiest as a new mother.