This is the start to a series of posts on managing work and life after having a baby. As a working mom, the balancing act of having children (especially those under 1 year) and managing a thriving career is not for the faint of heart. I’ll be sharing real work life balance situations, tips and tricks, failures and successes and more. If you are a working mother with a story, question, idea or opinion on work life balance, please share in the comments.
Work life balance is something that never crossed my mind before having kids. I just worked. Non-stop.
The plan was to have our first baby, take 3 months off of work and then return to the job. Our baby would go to childcare and life would go on.
*Insert car brake sound here*
Then you have a baby and reality strikes.
- You are getting no sleep.
- You are healing from delivering a child.
- You are trying to figure out what in the world you are doing with a kid that will not stop SCREAMING at all hours of the night.
- The funds you had saved to take unpaid time off, are being depleted quicker than you had imagined.
And before you know it — your 12 weeks of trying to return to feeling normal are up. It’s time to go back to work.
And that’s when the real fun begins.
Hello work life balance. Nice to meet to you. Let’s be friends.
Every mom has her own secret. What is it and how can you find yours?
Doing what works best for you and your family is the secret to work life balance.
Read the advice of other and absorb it. Ask questions. Try different scenarios, but remember this.
At the end of the day, it’s about what is best for you and your family.
Being a Working Mom with a Baby
Being a working mom with a baby is tough. You have 2 jobs — starting the moment you give birth. Just remember this though — one job you will have for life. That job is the hardest and pays in love, not cash.
Read Nicole’s post about being a working mom.
Alyson writes about living for the weekend.
What is Your Biggest Work Life Challenge?