Going Back To Work: Tips & Advice To Consider | Pip Milburn
As a parent, you naturally want to spend as much time with your little ones as possible. However, for one reason or another you may be thinking about heading back to work. Perhaps the time has come and your maternity leave is coming to a close ad can’t be extended. Maybe you need to give your income a boost and returning to work is the most logical step that you can take. Or maybe – and it’s totally fine to feel this way – you miss your job and you want to go back to work.
There’s a lot of stigma around going back to work as a parent, but there shouldn’t be. Whatever the reason that you are returning to work, there’s no need to feel ashamed. If you love what you do, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go back to work just because you have a little one to think about. It’s just a case of thinking about the process of preparing to return to work and how it will work for you and your family.
Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to a few useful tips and pieces of advice to consider when it comes to going back to work as a parent. For everything that you should know, read on – there’s lots of useful advice designed to help make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Consider how you will work
Take the time to think about how much you will need to work. Will you be working full-time or will you have the option of working in a part-time role? Will you be working in the office or could you work remotely from home? Or, if you run your own business, you need to think about how you are going to restart things again after taking time off to have your little one. It’s important to take the time to think about these things, to ensure that you have carefully thought the entire process through and are comfortable with how things will work.
Think about child care
One you’ve determined how you will be working – such as what hours you will be doing and where you will be working from – the next step is to think about the child daycare that you will need to put in place for your little one while you’re working. Even if you’re working from home, you still need to have some form of childcare support in place. You could either opt to use a professional childcare service or you might be able to ask a friend or relative to look after your little one for you. However, if you’re expecting a family member or friend to care for your little one while you’re at work, it’s important to discuss whether they would want to be paid or if they are willing to care for them for free.
Going back to work can be rather exciting. It might also feel a little daunting, especially if you have been off for an extended period of time. However, you will find that if you manage to be organised about the process, that you will find going back to work a little less stressful.