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Parenthood Changes Everything

Five years ago seems like forever now, but that’s how long I’ve been away from a time clock. It’s also the approximate age of my son.

You see, five years ago, I was putting in my 10th year at the casino. I made great money and had an amazing benefits package. In addition to that, I also ran a small, but successful copy writing business from my home office. Life was busy, but it was good – and it was about to get better because I would soon be giving birth to my first child.

Well, like many an expectant mother, I worked up until I just couldn’t work anymore. My last day was a Sunday and it was bittersweet. I was happy I wouldn’t have to be on my feet all day because my feet were swelling with my pregnancy, but I was also a bit sad because I knew I would miss my “work family” and likely wouldn’t see most of them for the next three months.

The very next day, I had an appointment for an ultrasound, as my doctor ordered it the previous week when he noticed that my baby had lost weight instead of gaining it. The ultrasound revealed complications and I was rushed upstairs to a hospital bed for closer monitoring. Several hours later, I was allowed to go home under the agreement that I would pack what I needed and head over to another hospital immediately – a hospital with a level III neonatal unit. I was being induced. For those of you unfamiliar with this terminology, a level III neonatal unit is equipped with the equipment and staff to care for the smallest and sickest of infants. Worried beyond belief, yet still excited at the same time to finally see my son, I did as I was told.

Nearly 24 hours after that, I was finally holding my child. Thankfully, although my son was born a great deal underweight, he was very strong and healthy. After 3 days in the hospital, my 4.5 lb bundle of joy and I were able to come home. Upon our arrival, the phone calls and house calls seemed as if they would never end. All I wanted to do was enjoy being a mom and sleep in my own bed.

The following day, the visits and phone calls continued. One of them was my boss at the casino, who I initially thought had called to check up on me and congratulate me on our new addition. That wasn’t the case at all. Instead, he had called to let me know that I had a choice to make: become part-time or take a voluntary layoff. Since going part-time meant that I would lose my benefits and I already had a successful home business, the choice wasn’t hard to make. I looked at my son and knew that I would never be happy paying someone else to care for him while I went off to work a part-time job, only to come home and work some more. It was time to scale down my life and take time to enjoy the most important thing in it: my child.

Working from home isn’t easy when you’re a parent

Before my son was born, working from home was a dream come true. I could lock myself away in my office and have complete silence. Once my son was born, all of that changed. I breastfed, so I frequently at at the computer with a Boppy around my waist, balancing my son and the keyboard at feeding time. It may seem strange, but it worked. Of course, as the economy continued to crumble, my client base slowly diminished. I was enjoying motherhood, so I was in no rush to find new clients. Before I knew it, money was getting tight and I felt like I’d somehow lost my ability to balance work and life.

I started actively looking for clients again, but instead of having a quiet environment to chat, I had a crying baby in the background or children’s music playing during a conference call. It made me feel inadequate, incapable and unprofessional. I found myself struggling to hold onto my career. I needed guidance. I needed someone who had been there. I needed help!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of that. Instead, I had friends that told me I was crazy. They didn’t think I’d last working from home. They told me it was unnatural and that I had to pick one or the other — full-time motherhood or a career outside the home. I couldn’t have both and it was silly of me to think that I could. I remember thinking at one point that maybe my friends were right. Maybe I couldn’t do it. Maybe I was crazy.

But then I thought about what I wanted, what my son deserved and what my family needed. After that, I knew I had to find a way to make it work – and I did.

Mom Corps YOUToday, Mom Corps YOU can help moms conquer the work-life balance

Mom Corps, a national award-winning professional talent acquisition and career development firm, has launched Mom Corps YOU, an online community to help professionals better integrate their professional and personal lives. Mom Corps believes that work-life satisfaction is best achieved when you can take ownership of several key areas of your life, including career, finances and health & wellness. This subscription-based community provides education, resources and tools to help you do just that.

What I have now that I could have used back then was Mom Corps YOU. This site offers live and recorded webinars, tips, articles and chat sessions that all revolve around making life easier for moms. There’s a wide array of topics available, from tips on staying organized to managing the work-life balance and more, you can find the guidance you need to succeed. Mom Corps YOU is available via an online subscription for an introductory annual price of $99.99 or $19.99 per month. But you know what I love most about Mom Corps YOU? The discussion forums! Those forums would have been an amazing pick-me-up back when my friends were telling me I’d never be happy working from home because I needed to hear from people that were doing it. People that were in the trenches with me – and making it! Mom Corps YOU - Work Life Balance

For instance, the Work-Life Balance webinar that Cali Yost hosted was really insightful. It hit home for me because I’m currently trying to manage my household and children, as well as help out my grandmother and great aunt. Being able to manage my time and energy is of the utmost importance, but I don’t think that really sank in until I watched this webinar because I’ve really been overwhelming myself lately. Last week alone, I worked over 60 hours. Yes, it’s all from home, but it’s still 60 hours of work while trying to manage a household, find time to go to the grocery store, pay the bills, take care of the kids, cook, clean, find time for my spouse and find time to sleep. Well, sleep was what I was giving up. After watching this webinar, I realized that I needed to re-evaluate my work-life balance.

We all have to pioneer our own pathways in life, but it sure is a lot easier to be able to have a place where you can connect with like-minded others. The support, guidance and helpful tips that I have access to today would have been a Godsend to me years ago, but it’s still very helpful to me now. Yes, even after five years of trying to balance the juggling act of working from home with a little one at home, there are still times that I get off track or question if what I’m doing is right. There’s also the added benefit of MomCorps.com, which highlights its Mom Corps YOU members on their blog to thousands of potential employers — that’s a HUGE bonus when you’re on the hunt for a new job!

Mom Corps YOU Introductory Offer

Whether you’re a professional ready to put yourself back on the market, a new mom that’s trying to balance the new responsibilities of motherhood and work or a woman that just needs the camaraderie of like-minded women, check out Mom Corps YOU. You won’t be disappointed!

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