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Things to consider when returning to work

It is important to remember that returning to work after maternity leave, or taking a career gap to look after children is a personal decision, and what works for one may not work for another. It's essential to find a balance that works for you and your family, and don't hesitate to ask for help when needed. Here's a helpful list to consider:

  1. Plan ahead: Start planning for your return to work well in advance, so that you have enough time to make necessary arrangements for childcare and other responsibilities.

  2. Find the right childcare: Research and find a reliable childcare provider that you trust. Consider factors such as location, cost, and hours of operation.

  3. Communicate with your employer: Communicate with your employer about your plans to return to work and any needs or concerns you may have. This can include discussing flexible hours, working from home options, or any other convenient places that will help you balance your responsibilities as a parent with your job.

  4. Take advantage of benefits: Take advantage of any benefits offered by your employer such as paid maternity or paternity leave, or flexible work arrangements.

  5. Take care of yourself: Make sure to take care of yourself physically and emotionally during this transition. This may include exercise, healthy eating, and making time for self-care activities.

  6. Be realistic: Be realistic about what you can accomplish and don't put too much pressure on yourself. It will take time to adjust to the new routine and balance work and family responsibilities.

  7. Seek support: Seek support from friends, family, and colleagues. Joining a networking group of other working parents can be a great way to find support and advice from others who understand your situation.

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