Sunday, 19 November 2017

Revelations For Working Mums


Being a working mum isn't easy. It can sometimes seem like a constant struggle to balance caring for the kids and being there when they need you, with being capable and confident at work. In fact, it can feel like you being pulled from pillar to post and cause quite a bit of stress. However, there are some things that can make this juggling act a little easier, and you can bet that most working mum’s wish they’d know them before they returned to employment. Read on to find out what they are.

To work or not to work as a mum? That is the question, Image Source

Hours are often, but not always negotiable

I think that the issue of what hours to work is one that is very important to most mums. After all, it will determine when and for how long you get to see your kids, as well as how much rest you get. Something that can definitely impact on your wellbeing.

Of course, if you want to work full time, then go for it. No one can decide what is best for you and your family but you, but if you feel that a part-time work schedule would be better for you, don't be afraid to ask for it. Your employer doesn't have to say yes, but it's likely that if they are reasonable, they can find a workaround that is more balanced and suited to your current life circumstances. Remember work has to work for you too, it's not just a one-way street!

You can see a Dr in your lunch break

It can be hard enough to find the time to attend our own medical appointments when we are busy at work, let alone take additional time off to take the kids to the Drs as well. However as a mum, and despite your best efforts to prevent them getting sick, you will find that a jaunt to the doctors is something of a regular occurrence, and in an emergency, you will drop everything whether you are at work or not.

Although for less pressing issues did you know that you can now access services like NHS GP at Hand on your mobile phone? Yup, that's right you can have a video conference with an NHS (not private) doctor 24/7. That means you can get the kids seen quickly, and you can even get your own health issue sorted without having to take ages off of work!

Some nurseries will charge for the whole term

Cost is a major issue when your return to work as a mum. This is because your wage needs to be enough to cover childcare and leave some left over. One option that will solve this is to get a really well-paid job. However, as these seem to be like hen's teeth these days, it's also prudent to look at reducing the cost of nursery places instead.

One way to do this is to find nurseries that charge for the actual days that your child spends there, rather than an entire term. This can work well because you end up paying less as you aren't charged for the time that you and your partner are off and can look after the kids at home. A revelation indeed!

*This is a collaborative post*


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