Don’t Commit to More than You Can Handle
Re-entering the workforce is a big step, but it doesn’t have to be a giant leap. If working 40 hours per week in addition to making sure that your kids are well cared for seems completely overwhelming, start smaller. Try working two or three days each week or finding a job that allows you to be home in time to get the kids off the bus. Working some nights or weekends is another way to help ease into the transition if it means your partner can be home with the kids. Going back to work can be a very rewarding experience, but if you commit to more than you can handle, you’ll not only be stressed at work and at home, but everyone in your family will be too. It’s better to start small and steadily increase your hours as you become more comfortable with the transition than to go full-time and feel completely overwhelmed from the start.
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