Coming back to work after happy maternity leave is definitely hard work. First of all, you need to stay away from your child for at least 8-9 hours. Second, it’s really hard to switch between work and family. So what would be an ideal way out? Check out the tips below and make your return a manageable success.
To make a decision
The most important thing you should do is make a good decision. You have to answer these questions.
1) Why do I want to work, for money or for satisfaction?
2) Are my financial difficulties too high to cope with my spouse’s income?
3) Do I want to work from home or do an 8-hour job, or do I prefer a part-time job?
4) What are the pros and cons of these?
But after analyzing the situation, you need to come to a solution.
Chalk out a plan
Once you’ve decided you need to work, you need to make a plan. Design your own schedule and train your baby accordingly. For example, if you have to leave the office at 8 a.m., you have to feed your baby at 7:45 a.m. You need to prepare your baby for something like this. Of course, it will take your lover some time to get used to your new schedule. Only then should you give your baby the time it needs with job interviews.
Find a reliable nanny or daycare center
Once you’ve made a decision that you need to leave home to go to work, it is a good idea to find out if an older member of your family can take care of your baby. If that is not possible, seek out a reliable nanny or a reliable kindergarten. When you find a kindergarten, go to the center and check out the area there. Are too many kids stuck in one place, or too many places to play, dance, and study? Find out how the supervisor looks after the children there.
Practice run the schedule
As difficult as it is for you to stay away from your child, it is just as difficult for your child to stay with a stranger or with other children in daycare. Hence, you should try running the new program that you will soon be stuck on. Get up at 6 a.m., have breakfast, prepare lunch for your child, your partner, and yourself. Then wake your little one up, prepare them for daycare, and then leave the house when you have to go to the office.
Have a backup plan
You can never bet on a child’s health or mood swings. Hence, you should always be ready with a backup plan. If one day your child gets sick or the caregiver goes on vacation, you should have a backup plan in place. This may include calling a close friend who will look after your child for a day, or asking a local “home mother” to take care of the situation until you return.
Talk to your employer
It can also be useful to speak to your employer about your situation when balancing home and work. If you rejoin your company after maternity leave, they will definitely know about your transition.
However, when you join a new business, share your condition with them so they can let you in a little indulgently or leave you prematurely from time to time.
Share responsibility with your spouse/partner
Switching between working life and feeding a young baby can certainly be a daunting task. It can be a lot easier when your spouse/partner can help. While you are feeding your baby, ask them to pack your lunch box, do the laundry, clean the house, drive you to the office, and then drive you to work.
Rest a lot
It is obvious that following such a busy schedule you are using up all of the energy you have. You need a lot of rest to recharge your batteries for the next day. Get at least 8-10 hours of sleep. This is very useful for nursing mothers. Let’s say you go to sleep at 10 and have to get up at 3 to feed your baby. You have 3 hours left to regain your lost sleep and wake up refreshed.
It is every mother’s dream to raise her children, teach them family values, and give them all the love and affection you can give. But recently the cost of living has risen so much that it is difficult to meet the needs of a child on a meager income. Hence, mothers have to enter the labor market with no choice. Instead of feeling guilty about staying away from your child or being unable to cope with the task, it is best to follow the tips above and develop a routine that will mature you as a mother, professional, and responsible person.