Returning to work after maternity leave can raise a million questions like where will you find high-quality child care or how will you manage it all. Returning to work means leaving your baby with a stranger -- how will you ever say goodbye without crying? What will help you adjust to a new schedule both at work and at home?
There are many questions that need to be answered and we have some of them for you. If you answer one questions at a time you will transition well back into your new role as... a working mom.
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The moment of truth is finally coming. The bliss (or boredom) of maternity leave is over and it's time to go back to work. Whether you were home with your children for six weeks, six months, or six years, the transition can be challenging.
Use these stepping stones to find your way.
- How to Succeed at Breastfeeding While Working
- Common Mistakes of New Working Moms
- End Separation Anxiety -- Say Goodbye Without Tears
- How To Create A Stupendous Support System
- New House, New Baby, New Working Mom Title, Now What?
- How to Conquer the New Working Mom Nerves
- How to Define Your "New Normal" After Maternity Leave
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Perhaps the most important decision in a working mom's life is who will take care of her child while she's at work. If you make the wrong decision it can damage your career and professional reputation. Think of the consequences if your nanny is perpetually late or quits unexpectedly or you choose a daycare center that sends your child home at the slightest hint of a cold.
You want to choose child care that will make you feel supported while at work. Who go above and beyond to keep you in the loop and keep your kids happy. Take your time and find a real provider you can work well with for the next few years.
Any time is a good time to start looking at your child care options. Also, line up fallback options in case your initial plan doesn't work out. The right path will differ for each family and work situation so take all advice you hear in stride.
- The Pros and Cons of the 5 Child Care Choices
- 10 Ways Savvy Working Moms Cut Child Care Costs
- 5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Grandparents Babysit
- 11 Ways for Savvy Working Moms to Lower Their Child Care Cost
- 5 Ways to Stop Missing Your Baby While at Work
- How to Get a Warm and Fuzzy Feeling About Your New Home Daycare Provider
- How to Enhance the Relationship Between You and Your Daycare Provider
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Working on Work/Life Balance Challenges
No single piece of advice will make or break your work/life balance. But many moms have gone through it before you. Read about what helped them get through the day, and you'll probably discover several ideas that will make your life easier.
From schedules to work-friendly diaper bags, here are road-tested tips for returning to work.
- 8 Tips for Surviving Your First Week Back at Work
- Try Dream Dinners for Easy, Home-Cooked Meals
- Top 5 Picks for Professional Diaper Bags
- Designing Your Morning Exit Strategy
- 6 Real Struggles of Working Parents With Early Risers
- How to Juggle Work and a Sick Child
- Making Friends with Other Working Moms
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Refocusing on Your Career
Whether you're working for the paycheck, the satisfaction, or a combination of both, you must attend to your career to be a successful working mom. When you become a working mom you may find a new perspective about your career. You realize you need to ask for a different schedule or you need more flexibility. These conversations can be difficult, especially if you're sleep deprived, but necessary for your happiness.
The rules are different for moms in the workplace. Here's a playbook to follow.
Continue to 5 of 5 below.
- Working Moms, Here's How to Get What You Want in 5 Sentences
- 6 Steps to Negotiating a Flexible Work Schedule
- Learn About a Job Share
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Working to Live, Not Living to Work
On your deathbed, you're unlikely to wish you spent more time at the office. So how do you balance your roles as mom, worker, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and more? Start by forgetting about the way people perceive you, and focus on what matters to you. That means shedding guilt, embracing joy, and managing your personal energy.
- Dealing With Guilt, Whether You Love or Hate Your Job
- Managing Your Personal Energy Gives You More Time
- Taking Care of Yourself -- Why It's Important
- 3 Empowering Self-Care Acts You Can Squeeze In When Short on Time
- 5 Ways to Overcome Working Mom Guilt
- Successful Working Moms Practice This
- How to D.E.A.L. With Being a Working Mom
Managing Your Transition
When you transition into working motherhood, regardless if it's your first time, second, or third you will manage a large amount of change. Practice being patient with yourself, family, friends and co-workers. It'll take time to make everything fit well together, but you can do it mama!