Returning to work

Was your New Year’s resolution to return to work?  Or are you planning to return after maternity leave soon?  Deciding when (or if) to return to work isn’t easy, but once you’ve made the decision to return to work, there are things you can do to ensure a smooth transition from stay-at-home mum to working parent. 

Sort Childcare

First things first – if you’re not the person who’ll be looking after your little one during the day, then who is it? Arranging childcare is key to the rest of the returning-to-work process. Plan time to check-out nurseries or interview child carers, rather than leaving it to last minute.  At Findababysitter.com, our aim is to make life easier for busy parents by enabling them to search for child carers in their area online.  Your perfect Mary Poppins could be just a click away! 

Have a Plan B (C, D and E)

Make sure you have back-up plans in place for all eventualities.  Who will look after your child if they’re ill and sent home from nursery?  Many of our childcare professionals have their emergency availability shown on their profile, so you can find someone at short notice.

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Corners
Juggling work and children is tough, so don’t be too hard on yourself by setting your expectations to high. Shop online and have food delivered, hire a cleaner – do whatever you need to keep yourself sane.

Ease Yourself Back Into It

If you’re leaving your baby for the first time, try to have a couple of days with your baby in childcare before you return to work. That way you can deal with the emotion of leaving them before you also have to deal with work. If you can, why not use accrued holiday to work a few days a week and build up to full-time.

Don’t be a Doormat

Don’t feel pressured into taking on more than you can handle, at work or in your social life. No is a complete sentence – don’t feel obliged to give a reason or feel like you have to make excuses. Try to keep work and home separate. Even if at first it feels unnatural, be strict about finishing work on time and not answering calls when you are at home.  If you stick to it, your colleagues will adapt to knowing that if they call you after work you won’t answer, so they won’t call you.

 

Written by Emma of Find a Babysitter - to find out more about them see www.findababysitter.com

(Cuddledry Ltd. is not the writer of this copy and accepts no responsibility for its content.  This article been contributed to Cuddledry Ltd. by the author detailed).