Once your child starts attending primary school, you might find yourself considering returning to work. You are not alone in this though. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 63% of Australian families are supported by two working parents. 50% of mums return to work when their children enter primary school and 75% of mums have returned to work by the time their children reach fifteen years of age.
Going back to work isn’t as simple as filling out a few applications. After years as a stay at home mum, it can be difficult to break your familiar schedule. Doing so takes work from all members of the family. If you are considering going back to work, keep the following in mind to make the transition easier:
Create a Schedule That Works for Your Family
Although you’ve gone back to working full time, you’re still a mum. Your child needs you. Developing a new family lifestyle around your work schedule will take some getting used to for every member of your family. One of the best ways you can make this transition easier is to work with your partner to build a schedule that meets everybody’s needs and doing your best to stick to it. Scheduling your days makes it easier to accomplish all of your household tasks because it automates the process. If Monday is laundry day every week, you don’t have to think about where to fit in your laundry.
Communicate With Your Partner
Work with him or her to develop a schedule that you can actually keep. This can include taking turns doing domestic tasks like making dinner or washing the laundry or re-delegating specific tasks. What is important is that you fully communicate your needs. Don’t be shy about telling your partner what you need to have done around the house when you start working again. Otherwise, you might find yourself going two full time jobs.
Manage Expectations and Obligations
Despite the old adage you might have heard a thousand times before, you can’t do it all. And you shouldn’t want to do it all. A mum who does it all, such as cooking every single meal her family eats and advancing through her company at a rapid pace while still making it home in time to help her child with his or her homework and attend all of his or her activities is an exhausted mum. You don’t need to sacrifice your personal well being for your family’s benefit.
Instead, embrace the word “no.” Sometimes, you just can’t do it all. You’re not a bad mum if you can’t make it to every single one of your child’s football games or bringing home Macca’s for dinner every once in a while.
Consider Working from Home
If working outside the home while managing your home and family isn’t an option, working from home could be. Lots of Australian mums work to support their families without leaving home through freelance writing, crafting, and providing various services. One popular option for stay at home mums is working as a small business owner through Penny Miller. Penny Miller is a lifestyle and home shopping brand that provides the opportunity to earn money from home while working a flexible schedule that’s right for you.
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