I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
When I was pregnant with my son, I planned on taking a three-month maternity break and then coming back to work part-time. As my pregnancy neared its end, right during my job’s “busy season,” I told my boss I might come back part-time after a few weeks. After all…it was busy season, and I might be bored sitting home all day with a newborn (go ahead…laugh…I actually said that). My boss, a wiser woman than I, with a baby of her own, encouraged me to take the time off and see how I felt after the baby was born.
Of course, you know how that all ended. I could barely stand to go back at the end of my three-month maternity break, and it wasn’t because I didn’t love my job…it was just really, really hard leaving my baby (and I only worked part-time, 80% of that time from home!). It also turned out to be harder than I had imagined to balance life as a new mother and as an employee.
As Jack got older, I started going back into the office more and more, and by the time Claire was born, I was working about 30 hours a week, and spent a couple days of every week in the office – and I loved it!
But I still struggled with balancing mom life and the corporate world, and when I had Claire, I decided to stay home. And I loved that, too.
As she got older, I needed something to keep my brain busy, and I turned to this blog. And recently? I’ve turned a lifelong love for making things into what I hope will become a small business.
So – how does one balance all of that? The answer is, I don’t know. But I’m using every resource I can to be successful at both my business and balancing working from home with parenting (because it’s not easy).
A fabulous resource I have just started tapping into is Mom Corps YOU. National award-winning professional talent acquisition and career development firm Mom Corps launched Mom Corps YOU, an online community, to help professionals better integrate their personal and professional lives. Mom Corps believes that work-life satisfaction is best achieved when you can take ownership of several key areas of your life, including career, finances and health & wellness. Subscription-based community Mom Corps YOU provides education, resources, and tools to do just that!
A few examples of the information you’ll find at Mom Corps YOU:
- Forums – chat with other moms who know exactly what you’re going through as you balance parenting and working
- Webinars – listen to successful working moms share tips on re-entering the workforce after having kids, how to work with recruiters, proper nutrition to keep you feeling healthy and well-fueled, and what to do if you’re taking a break from work (but plan on returning in the future)
- Live chat – chat live with a recuiter, and ask her all your questions!
- Resume help – get help with your resume and interview prep (I even saw a super helpful thank-you template that you can use to send a thank-you note after you’ve been interviewed…love this!)
- Books – Mom Corps YOU has an online bookstore with lots of helpful books that working parents will relate to and find helpful
That’s just the tip of the iceberg…the more time I spend on the site, the more stuff I find (budgeting tools, financial advice, health and wellness tips…everything you could think of).
If you are a working mom, or a mom returning to the workforce, I encourage you to check it out. I see the value in this site and community (instant access to chat with a recruiter and have all your questions answered is pretty awesome!). You can subscibe now for an introductory annual rate of $99.99 (regularly $149.99), or $19.99 a month.
I am sure I will always struggle with finding balance between parenting and working…it’s not easy to find. But I will always keep working towards finding that magical sweet spot, and I will take all the help I can get! I am grateful that I can check with Mom Corps YOU to get the assistance I need.
What about you? Are you a working mom, or have you been in the past? What do you struggle with?