They say motherhood is the most challenging and the most rewarding career a woman can ever choose. Being a full-time mother is enough to keep you busy all throughout the day (and night, too, if your child is still a baby), but sometimes a mother may be required to or feel a personal need to start working again. Some common questions that mothers ask themselves after giving birth are: “Should I get back to work?” “Can I balance work and motherhood?” In this post, we discuss some of the benefits of going back to work, and some things to consider when choosing the right type of work for yourself when you’re a mother.
It is often easier said than done. But if you have decided to go back to work after having a child, focusing on the benefits of being a working mom can see you through the challenges of having to balance both.
Here are some of the benefits you can expect:
Less financial stress
Whether you are a single mom or a working mother with a husband who is also employed, having a stable source of income means less financial stress. By having more than enough finances, you are able to do more for yourself and your family. Whether it’s saving for your children’s college education or for your next vacation, you don’t have to worry about these things. Life can be more enjoyable without the burden of financial stress weighing down on you.
An opportunity to raise more responsible kids
When both parents are working, they delegate tasks among the members of the family. Each kid takes part in completing a chore such as washing the dishes, taking out the trash, or cleaning the house. When children are made accountable for the simple tasks at home, they tend to become more responsible and independent individuals. These will help them develop important life skills early on.
Being able to work and provide for your kids can give you a sense of accomplishment; you know that you don’t have to rely on others. Most importantly, having a career outside of your home will give you more opportunities to discover your talents and become a better and happier person. Meeting new friends and learning new skills helps broaden your horizon.
Finding the right type of work for yourself when you’re a mother
Once you decide that you want to work again after having a baby, it is important to prepare yourself and the family for the change that is about to come. From being a full-time mother to being a working mom, the whole family has to adjust.
Planning goals and setting boundaries with the whole family are crucial to the success of your chosen career. When all this is settled within the family, it is time for you to prepare and find the right job. How do you find the ideal kind of work or choose the right career? Let’s discuss some aspects to consider when choosing the right work for yourself.
To work at home or not
Some mothers prefer working at home in order to watch over their children while they are working, while others opt to work outside the home because they prefer the challenge and experience it brings. It really depends on your needs and the specific circumstances.
How old are the kids? Can they be left to care for themselves? Who will watch them while you are at work? These are just some of the factors you have to consider when deciding whether a work-at-home setup or an office job is right for you.
Going full-time or part-time
Working full time means spending more time away from your kids. It also means more responsibilities and the possibility of overtime work. When deciding whether to work full time or not, you should consider factors such as the age of your child, the availability of quality child care, and how much of your time you are willing to sacrifice.
Skills, interests and priorities
Your skills, interests, and priorities are also determining factors when looking for work. Do not settle for less when you know that you can do more. Attend a coaching skills workshop or enroll in a short-term course to learn new things or update your skill set. Focus on your interests and set your priorities. By doing so, you are highly likely to find a job that is truly fulfilling.
Are you a stay at home mom, do you work at home or out of the house? How did you decide what was best for you? Does your career choice work for you or are you looking for a change? Let us know in the comments below! Do you have any questions for Salma? Connect with her: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTHOR BIO: Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.