Whether you’re returning to an old job, or hunting for a new one, don’t let going back to work be daunting. Supernanny Jo Frost prepares you for heading back to work…
Routine is keyYes, I say it every time, but mums, it’s so important to get into a good routine. Because when you do, everyone benefits. When you do everything you can for your baby or toddler you’re both happier and more relaxed. And you both have a good day, leading on to a happy evening together, sharing time and catching up.Get your sleepIf you’re tired, everyone will suffer. When you know you’re returning to work, make time to look after yourself so you’re on the ball. Eat healthily and get lots of sleep so you can cope with the emotional and physical challenge ahead. Think ahead with tasks such as expressing milk and preparing food for your little one so you’re not rushing around in the mornings. Plan for illnessEverything’s going well, you’re both settling into the new routine when suddenly there’s a phone call at work to say your little one’s ill. Stay calm – panicking won’t help anyone and certainly won’t portray you as someone whose mind is on the job. The answer is to think about how you’ll handle sudden illness before it happens. Hopefully your plan will include other people (such as your partner or another carer) who could pick up your child if it’s necessary.
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