Mums Can Have It All?

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As women we’re often told it’s impossible to ‘have it all’ and many of us feel the need to choose between a career and children. And while juggling multiple commitments is difficult, it’s doable and if you go about things in the right way you can be a woman who has it all. Once you have children there’s no need to assume you can’t keep moving forward, improve and succeed in your own life. Here are a few ways you can go about it!

Work a Flexible Job

One of the biggest issues many mums have when they’re considering returning to work is how inflexible their hours are. If you’re having a bad day due to screaming toddler tantrums, your child is ill or you’re exhausted from being up all night with a baby, getting into work on time at specific hours can be a huge struggle. But if you do still want to work, there are ways you can go about it. These days, there are lots of opportunities to work from home and by doing so you don’t need to worry about a daily commute.

Things like blogging and freelancing can be done in your own hours- while each paid project will have a deadline you can choose how many you take on and which hours you work. It could mean getting things done during school hours, nap times or when your child is asleep in the evening. Another option would be to run your own business. It could be selling items from your home, or something like a mobile makeup artist, hairdresser or nail technician. These kinds of jobs give you the opportunity to work for yourself, you book in clients when it suits you and it’s much easier to fit work around family life than a job with set hours.

Study From Home

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Another way you can improve yourself and boost your prospects, later on, is to continue studying. No longer do you need to commit set hours, days or even full time to study- online colleges and universities mean you can learn in a completely flexible way. You could get a diploma, your undergraduate degree or do a masters- things like online MSN nursing programs, for example, would be ideal if you’ve already gained some qualifications in the nursing or healthcare field. Whatever level of education you have reached, studying and moving to the next will help you improve your skills, give you something to work towards and even if you choose not to return to work until your children are older, it’s something that you can use then.

Look into Childcare Options

One of the things that can prevent mums getting back to work or study is the fact that child care is expensive. If you’re not earning a high income, often childcare costs can end up meaning it’s not actually worth heading back to work and you’re better off taking care of your children yourself. However, depending on your income and where you live, there may be government schemes in place which give you a certain number of hours of cheap or free childcare which can make the process much easier. Find out what’s available to you, and utilise any reduced childcare costs!

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