Maria Snyder
over 6 months ago
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Balancing work and family.

Happy to be back to work from maternity leave! Now my concern is finding balance between working from home or the office. Jobcasers….any suggestions?

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Alyssa Heiner

Hi Maria, I think that is something you need to decide yourself and with your family. Is your job something that can easily be done from both places? Would it be better for the baby for you to be home more? Would you be able to work from home while also taking care of your baby? If you all agree this is something that could work, I say go for it!

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Fred Goff

Here's a thought from a Daddy. I took time at home once before heading back to school. I was doing some work-from-home type activities. My two-cents. ITs very much up to your self discipline regarding time-management. I found I just couldn't help but run down the hall everytime I heard the kids doing something cute or fun. I found the only way I was productive for work at home was if they were asleep. So - that work-from-home with young kids thing didn't work for me. Not saying you'd be the same. But I would suggest its worth thinking about the types of activities you'd need to do to be productive and think about WHERE you'd be at home doing this and what your kids would be up to at the same time. If you have the discipline to focus on one at a time, then cutting out the commute sounds great. But, if not, you might just be more productive in both venues by taking the commute time!

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Cynthia Walker-Nixon

Not a easy task. It all depends on what you do,is your husband willing to pitch in. I still feel as if I have to take care of my husband also but he helps out a lot. Take dinner out before you leave or u have supermarket run after work. Do simple meals.baked foods are helpful because I can move around with the kids while cooking and laundry. Weekends I cook chile or lasagna u can cut up and freeze it. I hope your not going back to fast because later you will feel like u missed out. Days I don't feel like cooking. Husband helps. Try , it can be hard to come down after work take time into switching to incredible mommy mode switch to slippers have tea. Dinner time together at the table is a great time u guys can talk. Ak kids their day . Mostly take suggestion a little from others and make your own routine because u know your house. If you know what your doing and love your work that will work out. Set around time with baby. Understandable we have to go back after the 3-6 months because 1 income just isn't doinge it. Find a great baby sitter maybe family aunt, mom if not ask plenty of ? Look up reviews goggle the person taking care of him/her. Bath time is your personal time with baby u and baby relax and enjoy baby

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Thomas Wakefield

I understand you just got back to work but the first thing you need to do is sit down with you husband or boyfriend and talk over the responsibilities between each other. Second never let your work complicate the home situation. Trying to find a balance between the 2 will be a trial and error thing. What works for someone else will not always work for you only by having an open communication with your significant other as well as your boss will go a long way to achieving a good balance that is if both your other half and your boss are understanding of the situation. This I can promise that without the communication balancing anything in your life will be very difficult. With Communication then comes understanding and trust. There will be times when things come up either at home or at work and you can't get stressed over something that maybe out of your control. You have to have trust and you can't second guess whatever choices you make. Working form home gives you certain advantages 1 it keeps you close to your child or children and if something were to happen you are there to deal with it. 2 you get the ability to rest when your child is laid down for a nap and your work load is not heavy. working form your office gives you other advantages 1 it allows you to get a reprieve from daily and stressful family life. Yes there will be times when you are sitting at home with your child that are stressful and you will be looking for a way to get out of it working at the offices gives you that venue. No matter how you try to balance the 2 do not turn to alcohol when the stress starts to get high. It won't be easy to balance but if you have a good chain of support both at home and at work then balancing them both should be an easy transition for you.

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Matthew Widiger

Congratulations on your new baby! I'm the father of boys aged 2 and 5 myself. :)

Your work/life balance is a very personal sort of thing, so I will try to offer the path to your solution. You will have to make a guess at whether/how frequently to work at home, then adjust as needed. You should consider your time management skills, the needs of your company, the needs of your family, the length of your commute, and other factors that may be particular to your life situation (other comments offer a number of other considerations). Thinking carefully and communicating with other caregivers (boyfriend/father? other relatives? trusted friends who may help with your little one?) will be important in figuring out the best way to go.

Like much of parenting, this requires you to try stuff out, see if it works, and adjust as needed. Good luck - I have confidence that with effort you will find your way!

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