Returning to work after having a baby?

We know the time is almost here. Back to work is around the corner and we are nervous. But let’s be honest, it’s exciting to know that you will have some adult interaction again. But it is definitely not going to be easy. It is one of the toughest decisions you will make. You go through all the normal anxieties; from ‘having someone else with your sweet bundle while you are at the office dreaming of being home with them’ to, ‘how will you deal with not being around for major milestones’.

You ponder the idea of staying at home but will your career suffer? Would your same job be available 2 or 3 years down the road? Or do you have to start at the bottom again? Can you afford to not work? It is important to first and foremost draw up a budget. Meaning fixed expenses as well as extras like special events. Don’t forget about that cushion needed in case of emergencies. Are there other options available? Job sharing, returning part time or working from home are also things to think about if you have a flexible employer.

But for many this is reality….we have to go back to work to pay the bills. Mortgages or rent, groceries and utilities….they don’t go away after you have a baby. In fact, some things become increasingly more expensive. Formula, diapers, baby food, medications and all other health and body products that you didn’t require before really start to add up. Don’t forget about childcare. Will you have family help out? Hire a Nanny or daycare to watch your child? What is the best for convenience and will allow for a good transition?

When it is time to decide what to do, make sure you are making the right decision for your family. There are many pro’s and con’s and be sure that you have weighed them all. Whatever decision you make, take a deep breath and take it one day at a time!

Lisa Bruce
Eastern Canada Placement Manager

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