I need tips on transitioning back to work. My children are 7, 10, and 12. I will be going back to work full-time next month and I am a little worried.
Plan routines for your children that are written out and easy for them to follow -- one for morning, one for after school, and one for bedtime. Then plan a routine for you -- nighttime and morning. Wake up before the kids and get ready yourself. Getting out of the house on time, with everyone in a calm mood is the best thing to start your day. Have everyone lay out their clothes the night before. Try to plan your menus for the week and cook in advance and freeze, or make simplified meals. And learn to use the crock pot for delicious dinners that are ready when you get home. For yourself, pack your handbag, decide what you'll need for the first week away from home. I would bring a good book (not too heavy) to read while commuting or on my break, to take my mind off being nervous. If you can afford it, buy a few pieces of clothing to make you feel good and grown-up for the workplace, and a new pair of boots or handbag. It's like going back to school: you don't know who'll be in your class, if you'll like your teacher, what everyone else will be wearing, who will be your friends... Lastly, make plans with your kids to go out on the weekend for "coffee" (ice cream, brunch, lunch) to celebrate the end of Mommy's first week of work, so you can all look forward to it, and talk about your week.
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