Being a mom and having a career at the same time is tough. There are days when you may want to throw in the towel and just stay home. That’s where you’re most needed, right? Unfortunately, with today’s economy and education costs, a two-income household is necessary to raise a family. So, when an opportunity comes your way to switch jobs, do you take it?
First of all, make sure to talk over this job switch with your significant other. If there is only one conversation you need to have before making this choice, it is the one you will have with your spouse, your partner. This is not only an individual decision but a family decision. Whatever you do will affect what he does and your family’s day-to-day activities. Below are some questions that both of you can talk about.
Dealing with Stress Is the income increase significant? If it is, that’s great! But just remember that a job is an activity-based income. As they say with power: the more you have of it, the more responsibility you carry. An income increase also means an increase in scope and expectation. Can you take the stress level that accompanies any increase in salary? Can your health take it in the long term? This is actually the same thing you need to consider when you are promoted. A promotion is good news income-wise. But you also need to remember that it comes with more responsibility as well. If you are wise with your time and productivity, it doesn’t necessarily mean more work at the office.
Quality Time with the Kids Will the quality of your children’s childhood experiences be affected by this job switch? Will it be better for them? Worse off? Or just the same? Being on the fast track in a high stress job may not be good news if your child is just a baby or a toddler. Consider the kind of quality time that you can still devote to your kids. Child care costs may not be an issue to you but maybe your priceless time might be compromised by a job switch. Or perhaps you are making the job switch so you can spend more time with your kids. Do the reverse and check whether the switch will significantly affect your cash flow. Can you adjust your lifestyle for this choice? A lifestyle isn’t built in a day. It’s one of the hardest things to adjust to.
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