We won’t deny it, maternity leave is definitely a mixture of emotions. One the one side of the coin, you have this wonderful bundle of joy that you dote on. They rely on you, and you definitely have a love/hate relationship with that. Because who can honestly say they haven’t thought about turning back the clocks when you’re waking up for the 5th time during the night, and you barely know your own name any more. That’s definitely the other side of the coin. But, you struggle through that, and you get to the point where the routine has settled, and you’re loving life as a full time mom. Then reality hits. It comes to the point where your maternity leave has ended, and you have to face the music. Returning to work for any mom is going to be hard, especially when you’re leaving the little one behind. But, needs must, and when it does come to the point where you’re returning for work, we think we know a few reasons why most of you won’t like the idea of it. It is these reasons that we want to try and explore, and see if we can rectify with some loving solutions.
No Love For The Job
We really do get why you would have no love for your job. You probably didn’t like it before you became a mom, you just stuck with it because you know what you’re doing, and you find it easy to do! But, let us tell you this. Just because your company put you on maternity leave, it doesn’t mean you owe them your employment for the rest of your life. You can easily switch jobs after a couple of months of being back. In preparation for this, you need to think about what role you might like to try, and how to get there. A lot of moms settle really well in to something that involves a lot of control and organisation, such as supply chain management. If you were to go for something like this, you could undertake a supply chain management masters course, meaning you could easily progress through the ranks in your field, and the money would come rolling in. Who can deny that they wouldn’t be happy if they knew a little bit of extra cash was about to flow! This can be applied to any career you find interesting as well!
Detachment issues are real. You’ve got to detach from not only your way of life, but your bond with your child. If you feel as though you are struggling to be away from them for long periods of time, then we would definitely recommend that you go back to work part time. Break yourself in gently, and even go home on your lunch breaks to see your little one. However, the more you detach from them, the easier it’ll be to stop that neediness that a lot of young children have, especially as they move through the toddler years!
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