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Motherhood and a career are two words that are not typically used together. However, if you take some time to think about the two roles, they are actually more alike than you may think. Here are some ways that you can use your time as a mother to help you succeed in your career.
Becoming a mother changes who you are. Going through pregnancy, having a tiny life growing inside of you is an experience unlike any other. And then you give birth to a brand new baby and you look at the world through a different lens. This does not mean that you are a different person, but you are definitely a new person, and probably better.
Once you receive the new title of mum, everything changes. No, not all change is bad, but it is important to consider that the goals you have set for your career may change once your baby arrives. Even while pregnant, you will likely make some decisions as to how you plan to return to work and continue climbing the ladder. While this goal may hold after the birth, many times new mums change their way of looking at their careers.
There are times when your career will take center stage and times when your children will come first. Being a working mum can be a challenge, but don’t feel guilty if you find that you would rather be working than parenting from time to time, or if you would rather be with your children when you are at work. It’s a balancing act keeping it all together.
Explore your options. When you are a mum, you may feel like you are stuck between choosing to work or to parent. The good news is, there are a variety of options to consider and you should take the time to do so. There are online opportunities, part time positions, and more.
Ignore the insults. Everyone has an opinion about working mums and sometimes they can be mean and nasty. Ignore those who feel like judging mothers as they are not worth your time. Find mums who lift you up and make you feel good and do your best to avoid those who feel the need to share negative opinions.
Change can be a good thing. Even if you go back to work after your baby is born, this doesn’t mean it is the only option for you. If you find that you enjoy your job and want to continue working, that is great. However, if you are looking for something different, don’t hesitate to look around and see what is available. If you want to work less hours, work closer to home, or change your career path in one way or another, be sure that you are open to changing things up.
Don’t expect everyone to treat you the same. Check out this spotlight on women in construction from PSR. Chances are, when you return to work after having your sweet little babe, things will be a bit different. Remember, you will be different and hopefully others will see that in a positive manner. If they don’t, try not to be upset. Some people may assume as a new mum you can’t be as productive, but the truth is, motherhood prepares you to be even more productive than you previously were.
Motherhood teaches you a whole new set of skills. Being a mum and balancing a baby and a job can be challenging. However, it also teaches you how to manage your time, how to be assertive, and how to multi-task. Also, it helps give each and everything you do a purpose.
Remember, many woman successfully have a successful career and are great mums. Or, some women choose to give up their career and focus on their children. No matter which way you choose to go, you have to do what you feel is best for your situation.