Making the decision to return to work after maternity leave is an important, serious and potentially uncomfortable choice to make, and one that could be life-changing. The prospect is fraught with challenges, and can even feel like starting a new job! ‘What if I don’t fit in with the new team?’ ‘Am I dressed right?’ ‘Do I remember how to do my old job?’ The quandaries can be nerve-wracking.
Working and living in the same space offers many advantages, along with a few challenges. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent considering taking the plunge into working from home or a working parent interested in starting a home-based career, the following five tips may help ease your transition.
It’s hard for kids to understand the concept that ‘mommy or daddy has to work,’ especially in the summertime when fun is supposed to rule. Of course you can attempt to get everything done early in the morning or late at night while they sleep, but that doesn’t always work out. I’m often asked how I work from home while caring for my own five children, as well as having extra kids over during the summer. Here are a few of my own ideas for making summer work for everyone!
I’ve worked at home since the first of my four children was a baby. Despite the challenges, it has been a perfect arrangement for me. It doesn’t work out for everyone, but it’s a situation definitely worth exploring. If you’re trying to decide if it’s right for you - before you take the next step - take some time to ponder these seven questions:
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