My second son was born on 12 May 17. It multiplied my responsibility and made me realize that having a second child is much tougher than having just one to look after. It can also be taxing on your relationship with your husband, especially when you go back to work.
This is what I have learned since being back at work after maternity leave.
1. Set Your Own Boundaries
Work smart and efficiently with your time and be sure to communicate your boundaries with people. I use every spare minute in-between my patients to catch up on emails, patient notes and admin so that I dont have to take it home, or work later.
2. Let Go of the Guilt
The most successful career moms have found ways to be efficient in both worlds—and that requires being able to come to terms with choices and focus on the priorities that are in the moment.
3. Stay Connected During the Day
Stay connected with your children even when you're not together. During your breaks at work, call your child; hearing him/her can help you get through a rough day, and she'll be comforted to know you're near.
4. Limit Time Wasters at home
Try to avoid multitasking, especially when spending time with your children. Be disciplined and set time limits when catching up on watsapps or making phone calls, things you can do when the kids are sleeping. We dont watch TV. Only the odd DVD now and then over a weekend. This maximizes time with my husband during the evenings.
5.Be flexible. Things wont always go as you planned.
Working moms need to be prepared for anything. No matter how much you plan, something will come up that you weren't expecting. Learn to go with the flow!
What I have realized is that no mom can be perfect. Working moms and non-working moms. There are ups and downs, but there is nothing more satisfying than to get home to a special family that you can love and care for.