Motherhood and career are common issues that will always generate debate to every woman. For parents who cannot afford the quality of life they prefer, a mother would often choose to continue working but she would have to sacrifice missing the baby’s milestones for their welfare. Some new mothers will only take available paid leave but they are not just willing to give up on their good paying job for good. In exchange of this choice, it becomes likely that the child would grow distant from the mother.
Having a baby on board can completely change a woman’s life around. Plans have to be made thoroughly but remember that plan A is never enough sometimes. Having plan A, B and C is essential in case things does not fall the way as expected. For instance, plan A is to work as much as possible even while still pregnant. But what if pregnancy becomes difficult that it will require staying in bed. Plan B can be to rely on one salary for a short period of time until it’s possible to go back to work. But what if being a new mother has required the need to provide extensive care and presence to the baby.
What would you do? Are you willing to source care and still continue your career or are you willing to stay home and pause your great career. What could you have done to prepare your career before having a baby? Let’s talk about it. The most important preparations to motherhood are arranging financials and career.
The sooner the better and while still single and flexible. For instance, if possible or while still single, invest money to build a second streamline of income.
– Saving money is one of the things that many women have regret not doing. Why being still young and free, splurging is the norm before having a baby but not necessarily true. Later in life, many will realize how money should have been valued and invested. If possible, start saving money by investing on stocks or just allocating certain percentage of your salary to your savings account. It is understandable that it is difficult to maintain savings account nowadays, but it is a must thing to have.
– Get a clear picture of your expenses. Reduce as much as possible unnecessary expenses. Don’t create debts. If not, make the effort to get rid of them as the piling expenses while raising a child may make it difficult to keep up. If there are many debts to pay, then prioritize debts that have higher interest rate first.
As much as possible, always follow your career of interest. However, it is also essential to find a job that is flexible to the requirement of motherhood. Being a mother will require a lot of time off from work such as attending the baby’s appointment or if not, to care when the baby is sick.
– If it is not possible to find a compassionate employer, start looking for remote employment or work at home opportunity. It is important to not give up current career while testing the reliability of remote employment.
– Keep in mind, the best money making tool is a hobby, too. Be it making soaps, candle or website, it could be a great second source of income. No hobby? Surely, everyone does unless this hobby has not been discovered yet. It is good time to start trying things now and figure a hobby of interest. Who knows, this hobby can be turned into business and it will be the solution or option to work closely at home.
As a woman, it becomes difficult to define our priorities. There is no option to go back in time and pre-plan things again once you enter the world of motherhood. If you have choices now, make it priority to figure it out before you plan to start your own family. Even though plans may not always work, don’t be discouraged. It is better to plan, start and fail now than never at all.
It is your turn to talk about it. What preparations could you have done before having your baby?