Whether you have been a stay at home parent since the birth of your children or you have been in baby bliss for the last 3 months, you have made the difficult decision to return to the workforce. The idea of going back to work can be exciting and nerve racking all at the same time. To make the transition easier, here are some great tips that will make it easier on your family and on you!
This is the most critical decision of all! Whether you’re a parent of 1 child or 5 children this decision is very stressful because these little humans are the most important to you! You need to be able to trust someone to care for your child(ren) just as you would in your absence. This is not a rushed decision to be taken lightly. It is critical to allow the experts to take the stress off you. That’s where Concierge Nanny Services comes in! We take the time to do a thorough search of hundreds of qualified nannies and narrow the search to the most qualified and safe to best fit your family’s needs. Doing this the earlier the better as this will give your family time to bond with the nanny before returning to work.
Plan your week
If you are not historically known as the planner in the family, you will want to get a head start on it now. This is an absolute LIFE CHANGER for working parents!
Nothing is worse than coming home after a long day of work and not knowing what is in the cupboards or refrigerator to prepare a healthy meal for the family. Your focus will be on your spouse and your children as you will be missing them dearly. A good start for meal planning is to create 4 weeks’ worth of meal plans and simply rotate them. When possible, cook a few meals in advance over the weekend and leave them in refrigerator or freezer for the weeknights. This way, all you have to do when you get home is to simply heat up a pre-made healthy meal and sit down and enjoy with your family.
Another helpful tip is to plan out your work outfits for the week. On Sunday before the work week starts, make sure your outfits are washed and ironed and ready for the week. Then on each morning prior to work, you just grab your outfit that is laid out and get yourself ready. You may even want to try and get up an hour before you normally do, to be able to enjoy the morning quietness, however you wish. Whether it’s enjoying a cup of Joe or doing some Yoga before work. This will allow you to center yourself.
Prepare if breastfeeding
If you are still breastfeeding when you return to work, you will need to prepare all the breastfeeding equipment in advance. Breast pumps, bottles, sterilizers. If you and your baby have not tried breast milk in the bottle yet, you will definitely want to do this a few weeks before planning to go back to work so that the transition to the bottle will be easier for your baby, This will ensure for your baby to comfortably take the bottle while you are at work.
Visit your workplace
If you have been on maternity leave, take the first opportunity to visit your workplace before your first day back. Have a conversation with your fellow colleagues and your leadership team to give yourself the chance to know what changes or decisions have taken place in your absence. Are there any major internal changes to your team, clients, software, etc. Finding out this information in advance will alleviate any anxiety or surprises on your first day back.
Take some relaxation time for yourself
Now that you are well acquainted with your nanny and your children feel comfortable and safe with her, take time out for yourself. Go get a massage, hair cut/color/styled, manicure, or even shopping. Take this opportunity to update your work wardrobe and your date night wardrobe.
Ease in the first two weeks
If this is negotiable with your employer or if you are self-employed, do not work full weeks or full days off the bat. To make it easier on your children if returning to the workforce after a few years, or for your new baby, this can be overwhelming. Try to ease in slowly for the first two weeks and then return to full-time status.