One of the most difficult decisions any new mom has to make is whether to go back to work or not. On the one hand, you don’t want to leave your gorgeous baby. On the other hand, you need to provide for the family, and you may want to be more than just a mom too.
Of course, everyone is different, and it is all about determining what is right for you and your family. However, there are some surprising ways that your child will benefit from having a working mom, and ways your career will benefit too.
Let’s take a look…
How a child helps your career
Firstly, let’s take a look at some of the different ways that having a child can actually be a benefit to your career.
You will be more dedicated and determined to achieve more
Of course, the obvious place to begin is that you will be more dedicated and determined to achieve more. After all, you want to set a great example for your children. You are not just embarking on your career for yourself. You are embarking on a career for your kids too. This makes a much bigger difference than you may realize.
You will learn how to work smarter, not harder
You also need to consider the fact that you will be more productive. The reason for this is that you are not going to be able to drag your work back into your home life. This is something a lot of people find themselves doing when they are single or they do not have children. If they do not get finished while they are in the office, they know they can keep working from their desk at home. However, when you have children, they need your time and attention, so you will master the art of working smarter, not harder.
You will seek a career that you really want
When we have children, we start to realize what really matters in life, and this is something that flows into our careers. After all, no one wants to spend all of their time and effort on a career that they do not enjoy, especially when it takes them away from their children. Having kids inspires you to follow a career you truly love.
How a career helps your child
They become more independent
Kids are expected to be more responsible due to the simple reality of your family’s schedule. You aren’t there to hold your child’s hand throughout the entire day. They need to do things for themselves.
When they are old enough, they will start to take care of different duties when they get home from school. This includes helping to start dinner, taking in the mail, and letting out the job. Your inability to be with them 24/7 will enable them to learn some valuable life skills.
Your job may be of a direct benefit to their progression
Your career may mean you are able to help your child with their homework and answer questions you otherwise would not be able to. In fact, a lot of parents find themselves going down a new career path once they have had kids. They often want to be involved in something that involves children or will help their children’s future.
From becoming a career advisor to becoming one of the best pediatricians, there are many different options for mothers who want to have a job of their own while also doing something that will benefit their child in the future.
They get more quality time
While you may spend less time with your children because you are now working, the time you do spend as a family will be real quality time. When you aren’t working, you will give your kids 100 percent of your time, and you will find that holidays and weekends often become a lot more special too. It can actually be a great way to bring the family together.
They learn about hard work and economics
Finally, by showing your children how important hard work is, they will learn some early lessons about economics. They will be more inclined to appreciate where money comes from, and this will lead to great opportunities for you to teach them about saving and budgeting.
They will also be more encouraged to work hard in school because they will know just how important it is to secure a job that provides for their family in the future.
This is a collaborative post.