Research says that working mothers are actually good for their kids. Here are six things you need to know if you want to have a career with a flexible working schedule.
Working mothers are in the spotlight this year — and in a good way. New research from Harvard suggests that working mothers who work raise daughters who are, among other things, likely to be more successful in their professional lives. They learn early, too, how to manage a work-life balance. On the other hand, the study suggests sons of working mothers are more likely to help around the house in adulthood, and “lean in” to support their partner’s careers.
If you’ve spent the last few years or months bringing your beautiful little baby into this world and you’re thinking about getting back to work – there could not have been a better time. Companies and employers are increasingly open to flexible work arrangements, and proactive about working with talented professional women who choose to work flexibly in order to raise their children.
At Flexing It.com, over half of the 17,000 independent consultants using our platform to connect with organizations are women. And contrary of the stereotype that giving up a career to become a mother is a professional step down, many women say that they actually feel their skills are better utilized by working flexibly compared to a full time job.
While these changing attitudes in the workplace are great for women, being a working mom is undeniably challenging. The better prepared and equipped you are, the faster you will be able to make it work for you. Here are some things for working mothers to keep in mind:
1. Get ready for mixed emotions; focus on your motivation rather than your guilt
You could be thinking of getting back to the professional world for your own personal growth, intellectual stimulation, interactions or the financial freedom it brings. At the same time, you may be worried about your baby not being just an arm’s distance away. You’re concerned about having to give your child divided attention and coping with the additional demands of both work and home. These are perfectly normal concerns!
Most working mothers deal with them every day. Let go of your mommy guilt and the worries of leaving your baby. Instead, focus on the bright side – the reason you decided to get back to work.
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