It’s not easy to go back to work after you’ve had a baby, but it’s a reality many women have to face. As well as the emotional difficulty of leaving your child in someone else’s care there are lots of practicalities to think about.
Below are just some tips on how to make life easier when you go back to work.
Obviously, this is a biggie, and something you’ve probably already been looking into. Take time to visit different childminders and nurseries – don’t leave it to the last minute so that you feel rushed in your choice. You’ll not only need Plan A childcare, but you should also have some back-up choices for those days when your child is sick and can’t go to their regular childcare venue. Have a list of people you can call on to help you out.
It’s not easy to stay on top of housework when you’re out all day, but try and get a schedule sorted out so that you can do a little each day to prevent those precious weekends turning into cleaning marathons.
Get your groceries delivered online to avoid having to spend more of that free time you could be enjoying with your child doing something as mundane as the weekly shop.
Get prepared with lunches, bags and book bags for the kids the night before so that mornings are less frantic.
Make time for you
As well as being the best mother in the world and a great working professional, you need to create some time for yourself as well. This isn’t always easy, and it’s often the first thing you’ll do without, but a little ‘me time’ can really help you be a more patient mum and a more effective worker. This may be a gym class, a swim, a psychic reading over the phone atTheCircle, some time playing bingo online, or even just watching your favourite programme on TV. Book whatever you do for pleasure into your diary and try not to let it slip.
pHowever you go about it, the return to work will not always be easy. You’ll have good and bad days and it’s best to accept that from the start, as it means when the bad days come along, you won’t find it so hard to deal with.