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Need Advice On Balancing Work And Raising A Toddler? Read This

BETH RANKIN | DAILY KENT STATER Marisa Beagle, a history major, and her daughter, Noelle, sit in the parking lot of the Salem Campus, where she attends school 45 minutes away from her home in East Palestine, near the Pennsylvania border. Marisa and Noelle, 18 months, live with Marisa's parents. A single parent, Beagle says it's tough to attend school and raise a daughter simultaneously, but with the support of her family, she's able to make it work.
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A child is the most precious thing in your life. Naturally, you want to be there for every second that they grow. Unfortunately, the complexities of modern day society mean that most of us simply cannot afford to do this. Going back to work is a must.

Playing the dual role of Mom and career driven women is difficult. Sometimes it can feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, there are a few moments that you will miss out. But the satisfaction of providing the best life for your little one will compensate.

Going back after maternity leave is tough. Arguably, though, it’s even more difficult as they grow and develop their own little personalities. The key is to remember that their happiness and safety is paramount.

Hiring a nanny is one of the most important decisions you’ll make at this stage in your child’s life. This isn’t just a one-off babysitter and needs to be someone trustworthy and professional. As well as providing you with peace of mind, they must also form a strong bond with your child. After all, they are going to spend a lot of time together.

As Mom, you can play an added part in this routine by speaking to your child via phone or video call on a daily basis. This could be done during your lunch break or at another time where you are likely to get a few minutes of spare time. The structure should give your toddler something to look forward to each day. Not to mention you too.

One of the most important factors in striking the right balance between work and parenting is to enjoy the latter as much as you can. If you can just shut off from work once you’ve left the office, then do it. Enjoying that special time with your son or daughter is key. They’ll be grown up before you can blink.

Things will be a little bit easier once they’ve started pre-school. By then, they’ll be in the routine of learning and making friends. Meanwhile, you’ll be at work knowing that you wouldn’t be spending time with your child anyway.

In the meantime, don’t be harsh on yourself. You’re doing a great job as it is. Just remember to prioritise your tasks and don’t be worried if the less important things don’t get done as quickly as you’d like. You might be Supermom, but ever you can’t fit everything into just 24 hours.

Similarly, you need to remember that you are your own person too. Make time to treat yourself to the odd treat like a spa day. Raising a child while working is stressful, be sure to take care of your own body and mind as well as those around you.

Ultimately, you just have to accept that what you are doing is best for your family. In an ideal world we’d all love to stay at home with our kids but that just isn’t financially possible. You are providing the best possible life for your child. Be proud.

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