Ask a Mom: Is it worth it to go back to work?

Ask A Mom- is it worth it to go back into the work force?

I debated whether I should return to the work force and I decided for my mental stability it is the best option. I really enjoy working. I am also doing it for the benefit of our family. The job market is very unstable currently and my husband’s company just “let go” some workers. They were asked to leave that day. We are unsure who is next so we need to have a plan in place.  I found a job working part-time earning enough to cover our basic bills mortgage, power, water (well maybe), and food. We figured that if the worst happened the unemployment check would cover the rest of the bills: school, gas, insurance, and up keep for the house and cars. I selected a job that was flexible so I could do what I need for my kids and still fulfill my work obligations.

The question is it worth it? I will have to wait and see.  We all know life is about balancing what is important and what needs to be done. Hopefully, I will be able to balance being a working mom and a stay at home mom.  I am presently typing with a newborn on my lap and my other two are playing dress-up while the homemade waffles are cooking.  It appears that so far I am doing okay. I wonder if it is possible to do it all? I think it is if you have a team to support you.  I have a wonderful family and a superior group of friends so I feel like I can return to the work force and be successful. I also have limited the list of what is required and what would be great to have or do. I think lowering my expectations will help. I am also trying to use time more wisely and to plan ahead.

How have you prepared for a potential job loss?



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  1. says

    Great post! We haven’t really been preparing for a potential job loss. We do know that it is a possibility especially with my husband working for an auto dealership. We have made a point of saving as much as we can, by taking care of needs all the time and wants one time out of ten. We are building up an emergency fund in case our job situations do get out of hand. We are learning the skills now that we may need to rely on to save money later. :)
    .-= Kelly B´s last blog ..Yard Sale Buying Tips – Freebies and Rebates too =-.

    • Madame Deals says

      Great ideas. It sounds funny but we bought a new car because we could manage the cost and we didn’t want to be surprised by hefty repair costs. It was easier for us to budget the payment than the 500 here 200 there that our other car cost. We have also limited the want items and instead focused on not spending as much. We are not planning any trips or holidays instead we are inviting people to our house for a vacation.

  2. Steph says

    I work part-time. I LOVED LOVED working pre-baby. Now that I have a child I find it VERY hard to take care of myself, my job, and my family. I think some women are just better at it than others.

    • Madame Deals says

      Steph take care of yourself. I just decided certain things are not getting done and I am not going to freak out over the small stuff. The best thing you can do is love your family the rest is just small stuff. I am working on finding the balance in it all. I am currently looking up freezer meals and I just emailed my friends to ask if they would consider a freezer meal exchange. I am looking for ways to save time and money. I am sure you are great at what you do and your family is very lucky to have you! Take care, Amee

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