Before having children, many families have an important decision to make. Does mom put her career on hold or will she go back to work after starting a family? If it is decided that mom will stay at home, there will come a time when all the children will be in school. That leaves mom ALONE. So, what is a mom to do? To work or not to work? This decision is a tough one. There are many questions mom and dad should ask themselves when deciding. I have come up with a few questions that may help make your decision process a little smoother. Hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
Will Your Family Gain Financially?
Children are expensive. As they get older, there are more activities for them to be involved in which can be costly. Evaluate your finances to see if it would be worth going back to work. If your childcare costs are more than what you would bring home, would it be worth it? Sometimes evaluating your budget can make the decision for you.
Who Will Care for Your Children?
Sometimes, children get sick and can not attend school. During holidays, teacher work days, and school closings for weather, typically, you will still have to go to work. Who will watch your kids these days? Try to have these arrangements made before entering the workforce. If you depend on family, make sure they are aware that you are counting on them. Some daycares offer to drop off children that do not regularly attend their programs, but that won’t help if your child is sick. Don’t forget about summer break and accounting for long-term care during this extended time out of school.
Could There Be Flexible Work Arrangements?
Easing your way back into the workforce by starting off part-time could give you the freedom to still drop off and pick up the kids from school and take them to their activities. This also keeps childcare cost down. Many mothers today are able to work remotely from home. You could get your work done while the kids are at school and continue working while in the carpool line or while waiting for the kids to finish with their activities. Some companies allow for employees to make their schedule or compressing their day, not just the typical hours of 9-5.
Are You Prepared to Go Back to Work?
Are you struggling with the thought of going back to work? Many mothers go back to work because they need the additional income to make a better life for their family. Other mothers go back to work due to boredom or lack of direction. Make a pros and cons list to see which one wins. Don’t forget to list how your life balance will change along with your daily routine. Finding a hobby is helpful for those who don’t require the additional paycheck. Some mothers may find that their hobbies could earn quite a bit of money. Volunteering can also help with boredom and give the feeling of accomplishment by helping others.
These are just a few questions to ask yourself before jumping back into the workforce. Will your family benefit from you going back to work? Don’t feel pressured by outsiders. The only person who can indeed make this decision is you. Once you come to term with all factors, you can feel more at peace that all options were carefully weighed.
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