Getting Back To Work After Being A Stay At Home Mum

Posted: Thursday May 5 2022

By: Abbie Coleman

In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you need to do in order to get back to work after being a stay at home mum

Getting Back To Work After Being A Stay At Home Mum

By Guest Blogger

Getting back to work after being a stay at home mum is not the easiest thing in the world. There are plenty of reasons that people choose to go back to work after they have been a stay at home parent, and the most common two are money, and needing time away from the house. It’s absolutely fine to need time away from the house and go back to work, as long as you don’t trick yourself into thinking that it’s going to be a super easy process because it probably won’t be. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you need to do in order to get back to work after being a stay at home mum, so keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.

Get Back Up To Date

First, you need to make sure that you are getting back up to date with everything that is going on in the world of business that you are heading back into. You don’t want to be the only person that is out of the loop, so you have to make sure that you do some research before you head back into the office. You should be up to date and on point with all of the things that you need to know about what has been happening while you were away. We know that some people still choose to keep up to date with this regularly, but if you haven’t then you need to get reading.


If you can go back to work and let them know that you already have the knowledge that you need, then they will see this as the ultimate level of dedication, which makes you stand out in your job. Do you know how many people put in this amount of effort? Not that many, so it really does highlight you as someone who is serious and incredible.


Choose A New Career Path

Another thing that you can do is choose a new career path. It might be the case that you do not want to return to the life that you had before you went on maternity leave and had your child or children. This is perfectly normal, especially for women who weren’t happy in the job that they had anyway. However, if you’re going to be choosing a new career path then you need to think carefully about what it is. You need to ensure that you are making a choice that you want to make, rather than a choice that you think you should be making.


Choosing a new career is all about finding something that you love, and something that you enjoy. It doesn’t make any kind of sense to give up being a stay at home mum for something that doesn’t bring you any kind of joy. You should feel happy with the work that you do, and you should be able to get up, looking forward to the next day of work, not dreading it.


Look At Getting Some More Education

No matter whether you are heading back to the same career, or whether you are going to be looking into a new career path, you may want to consider getting some more education. It might be the case that you never really got the qualifications that you needed on a more basic level, not necessarily pertaining to the specific job you have, and they require you to do it all again. If this is the case, then there are maths tuition and physics tutors available now from a range of companies that you can choose from.


Or, if you need to be taught to a higher level, you can get help for this too. It might not seem like it’s the right thing to do because you often don’t hear about adults using tutors to get ahead in the courses that they are taking, but it does happen. You might want another layer of education on your side and getting this can really take you from a 6 to a 10 in your industry. Perhaps you can think of this as the chance that you couldn’t take before, but can now.


Decide What You Want

Have you given much thought to what you want? Do you actually want to go back to work or do you just think that this is the right thing to do? You need to decide what you actually want, and make a choice based on what you want. There is no reason to do anything that you don’t want to do, and it’s only going to stress you out further if you make a choice that you don’t want to make.


You have been a stay at home mum for a while, you know how to navigate your way around life, but this doesn’t mean that you want to go back out there into the business world. It’s okay to not want to go, we just don’t want you to regret your choice, so we encourage you to really think about it.


Slot Back Into Your Old Role

It might be true that you just end up slotting back into your old role as if nothing has even happened. This happens sometimes and it’s one of the best outcomes that you can ask for. It might bring you that happy sense of comfort that you have been missing since the day that you took off for maternity leave. We’re not saying that being with your children isn’t great and comfortable, but there is something different about having something that is just yours, something that you are good at.


If you can manage to just slide back into your previous role, being happy and glad that you made the right choice, then do it. Work hard to get everything, and don’t back down for anyone.


Think About Your Stress Levels

It’s a completely different life to what you are used to now. We know that you know what life in the working world is like because you have done it before, this doesn’t mean that it is going to be the same. There is always going to be something different about returning to work after you have had some time off to be with your child or children. So, you need to think about your stress levels. When you took time off work it was to focus on being the best parent to your children, and you still need to be able to do this no matter what.


Choosing to go back to work does not mean that you no longer have to be everything and more for your child or children. It just means that you have to manage to do that while also working. It’s difficult but it can be done, you just need to be dedicated to it and willing to do whatever you can to make it work. However, this should never be at the expense of your mental health. If you feel as though you are becoming too stressed to function, or like there are not enough hours in the day, and the walls are closing in then maybe now is not the right time to go back to work. It’s okay not to be ready yet, one day you will be.


Work Hard To Stand Out

After having had so much time off, you are going to need to work hard in order to stand out. You need people to notice the things that you are doing, you need to be coming out on top when it comes to doing tasks that are tough and so much more. The more you can manage to stand out for all of the right reasons, the better it is going to be for you and your career. We want you to do well, which means that when you are at work, you need to go into work mode and give it everything that you have got.


One thing that you do need to do though is know when to stop. You should not be bringing your work home with you unless your child or children are already asleep. Although, even then, you need to be careful. Try to leave your work at work, and avoid bringing it into the house at all. It’s best for everyone this way.


We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you are going to need to do in order to get back to work after being a stay at home mum. This is going to be a tough transition from what you have been used to over the last year or two, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any less challenging. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that you find this easier than you think in your head right now. You’ve got this, we know that you do.