For me I always knew that I would be a working Mum – I love the juggle and the thrill of business and my daughter is happier for it I am sure. For some Mums that decision is not so clear so, what to do when the decision needs to be made to become a working mum – or not.
As Mums we hold within us some amazing talents for the job pool. Not only do we have our work life skills we also have Mummy skills that transition amazing well into the workforce. When looking at becoming a working mum look at what you ‘can do’ not what you haven’t done. Like most things in life It is all about How, What, When and Why.
Look at the How
Becoming a working Mum can happen early or late in the Mummy journey
How are you going to look for work
How are you going to work – at home/outside of home
How are the kids going to be looked after while you work
How will family life operate when you go back to work
How Much you need/want to earn
What motivates you?
Going back to work requires motivation so it is important to know what motivates you to go back to work. It can be money, sense of freedom, me time, that you love what you do or something else entirely.
Once you know what your motivation is you can set your work goal and stick to it!
Work out the when
When are you going to work? – Full Time, Part Time, Nights, Casual, there are lots of options for when you can work in a 24 hour society. If you work from home the when becomes even more important. You need to set the boundaries for you, work and family time.
Remember to be strong. You mustn’t allow working to take over your life. Create the balance between work, home and family time.
And finally Why
Why be a working Mum. It is the WHY that will keep your there just like what motivates you! Why are you working and what do you want to get from it.
So for me the How is I work from home running my own business with my supportive family and husband. My daughter plays alongside me. However she is now ready for day-care so we will be making the transition soon. When is flexible. I try to maintain business hours but some late nights have been required. The why is ‘it is part of me and I love what I do’.
Being a working mum is not always easy but it is achievable with minimal stress and heartache. There will be bad days but many more good days where it all comes together and you feel amazing!
Linda Reed-Enever is passionate about connecting. With over 10 years’ experience in the marketing and recruitment sectors, Her Working Mummy journey has seen saw her established Australia’s friendliest family website, Family Capers and she is the Principal Director at Media Connections. www.mediaconnections.com.au