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.
I’m happy to say that I’ve been on maternity leave since our new baby girl was born this last December, and it has been a glorious nine and a half weeks so far. When I was first deciding how much leave to take after baby was born, I thought I’d head back to work after eight weeks and I’d be ready and happy to be back at work. Yet here I am, nine blissful weeks later and I’m sitting at home dreading the moment when my full 12 weeks is up and I actually do have to go back to work full time.
It’s not that I don’t like my job, because I do. I actually really like it a lot. It’s just that I’ve enjoyed staying home with my newborn so much that it is going to be really really hard to leave her with someone else all day long while I’m gone at work. I’ve actually tried not to think about it because it just gives me a bit of anxiety knowing that I won’t be there with here all day anymore.
In addition to spending all that wonderful bonding time with my new baby, I have also had the chance to spend some much needed quality time with my four year old daughter who attends school two days a week and is home the remaining three days. I know she usually feels like she doesn’t get to see mommy enough, and having all this time at home with her has been just what she needed. She has been a great big sister to the new baby, and she has taught me a thing or two about how to play once again. 🙂
But now that the end of my leave is truly drawing near (and staying home really isn’t in the financial cards for us right now), I do have to start preparing myself and getting ready to go back to work (*sigh*). Honestly, there aren’t that many resources out there that I have found to help someone who is struggling with going back to work or who might need a little guiding voice to help make the tranistion easier, but I’ve recently I’ve been utilitzing a service called Mom Corps You.
Mom Corps You is an online community to help professionals better integrate their professional and personal lives (something I really truly need help with!). 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. The subscription based community provides education, resources, and tools to help you do just that. They offer a helpful discussion forum, webinars, live chat, books, and more.
What I really love is that they not only have articles to read and videos to watch, but they also have live events you can register for. There’s one coming up about returning to work after having kids that I think will be very beneficial to me since I will be heading back to work fairly soon!
Another event that has already taken place (and you can still access the recorded content) is a resume workshop. I am super stoked for this because even though I love my job, the hour long commute is killing me. I would rather find something closer to home so I can spend more time at home with my family and less time in the car.
If you are a working mom, a mom returning to the workforce, or even a mom who is on a temporary leave like I am I encourage you to check it out. You can subscibe now for an introductory annual rate of $99.99 (regularly $149.99), or $19.99 a month.
Even though I am sure I will always struggle with finding a balance between quality family time and working, I will always keep working towards finding something that truly works for my family and I will take all the help I can get to achieve the right balance! Right now I am grateful that I can check with Mom Corps YOU to get the assistance I need.