8 Helpful Ways on How to Balance Motherhood and Your Career
Being a mother is very exciting and interesting all at the same time. It is indeed joyous to be a mother especially with a really cute baby in your arms. But for 62% of women, motherhood seems to be something that negatively affects their career. This astonishing number is a reflection of how serious the battle between motherhood and career is.
For most mothers, going back to work after giving birth is very difficult. You will experience a whole different level of stress, relationship conflicts and complications, plus pressure imposed on you and your family because of a new baby to take care of. And thatís why itís important for you to think for a second what you need to do as a new mother.
1. Accept the fact that as a mother, you have the responsibility to take care of your baby - If you are a single mom, this is pretty much the only option for you but if you are married, well, your responsibility is not different from single mothers. The fact is if you canít rely on your husband to take care of the baby while you are working then you might as well move on with the fact that you have to adjust greatly for the new member of the family. Besides, your baby needs you every now and then so you have to be there for your baby.
2. It is legal and allowable for companies to greatly accommodate mothers who take their babies to work - Leaving your babies at home with someone you donít even know (or even a relative) to take care of them will leave you daunted about how your kids are doing. Thank the government for making a law that protects motherhood in the sense that it allows women to take their kids to work. This is basically a law to protect children from child abuse when their mothers are at work. Although you will have to greatly adjust to your new work partner, youíll feel at lot safer and secure if you know that your baby is safe next to you.
3. Choose between taking an indefinite leave or simply quitting your job - Okay, so maybe it is not simple to quit your job because basically you need the income. But you are also left with another option - take an indefinite leave. An indefinite leave is provided by companies most especially to workers with family emergencies so that their work performance will not be affected.
4. Take a home-based job - A home-based job can be a great option to look into if you have a kid to take care of at home. Not only will you have flexible hours you also have an option to do a project or not. Most especially you can take on projects while watching your kids at the same time.
5. Take a year off from work and come back when your baby can be left at home with a relative or a guardian - most women find this tactic helpful. It is indeed difficult to leave your baby with a guardian while your baby is still at its most vulnerable days. Taking a year off from work is good so you can take care of your baby without interruptions. This can also establish your relationship with your child and will prevent your baby from becoming aloof to you if you ever go back to work.
6. Itís not such a bad thing to be a housewife - Most kids cherish their mother more if sheís there to take care of them always. Being a housewife is not at all a bad idea. You can still carry on with your career if you know how to manage housework and paid work. Motherhood should not hinder you from being at your best. It can actually help you develop skills and capabilities to make you more productive and effective.