New Mom & New to CafeMom hoping that someone can provide advice on returning to work
Hello! I am thrilled to finally be a new mommy and am head over heals in love with our little girl. I'm seeking advice from other moms that may have been faced with the difficult decision of returning (or not) returning to work after maternity leave.
I've known for a long time now that I'm not happy in my job. I've known this wouldn't be the place I retired from. With the birth of our daughter, it's now crystal clear to me that I'm not where I belong. Having her changed everything. I'm sure many mothers feel this way, but I know that I can't bear the thought of someone else caring for her from day to day. They are only this little for a short amount of time and I don't want to hand that experience over to someone else to have for me. I want to be with her.
At the same time, I can't just stop working. My income is crucial to our household. While I want to devote myself to being her mom, it's not realistic for me to just not work at all. I've begun looking in to work from home opportunities/telecommuting. I know they are out there. I've heard plenty of people talk about their own, but you can't find anything that seems legitimate when I do these searches.
I have had the blessings of being able to work from home before and have never abused it. In fact, it's always been a reward given to me for hard work since they know I'm the type of employee who is basically "married" to her job. I want to pursue this as my next career venture so I can both work to provide for my family and be there to see my little girl grow.
Does anyone out there know of such opportunities/companies that seek telecommuter employees? Did anyone out there stop working with the birth of their child, but still find ways to make an income? I'm looking for any info you can share. I'm due to return to work in a few short weeks and am hoping to find something in that time.
Please & thank you!!