5 Things You Should Know: Transitioning Back to Work as a New Mom


Happy Moms are Good Moms

It's hard enough being a new mom without feeling like your parenting abilities are being judged, but you'll find that a lot of people you don't even know have opinions about how you should raise your child. The fuss over moms returning to the workplace is decades-long and shows no signs of slowing down.

The decision to go back to work after having a baby is easy for some moms and agonizing for others. Some women don't have a choice but to go back to work, while others desire a return to their professional life. The first step to adjusting is to accept your decision and be happy with it. If you're lucky, you're returning to doing something you love and may have missed on the days when it seems you don't do anything but change diapers. If you've got a job that pays the bills, then that's one less financial worry.

Either way, remember that you're doing what's best for you and your family. Having a child in daycare doesn't make you a bad mom. Just think of what your son or daughter has to look up to -- a strong, smart mother with skills and talents of her own.