Five Ways Motherhood Changes Your Career

If there is one thing that being a new mother teaches you, it’s that there is more to life than you ever thought possible. There are a lot of changes that occur once you become a parent, and one of them is what happens to your career. Being a new parent is overwhelming and the shock of birth followed by maternity leave can give you a lot of time to think about what you want to do. Some mothers don’t go back to their day jobs after they have children because their perspectives have changed. They might not want the 9-5 anymore, because spending time at home doesn’t have enough of a balance anymore. 

For some women, a career is still everything and they want to do everything they can to keep their career going. Becoming a parent can change your outlook, and while you may have been a career-minded person before you had children, that may or may not change afterwards. Some mothers choose to take their new role and run with it but other mothers are ready for change. Whether you learn how to be a group fitness instructor and retrain to build your newfound role as a parent around your career, or you choose to go back to work, life is going to be different now! Here are five ways motherhood is going to transform your career.

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  1. You can have clarity. Sometimes, motherhood gives you the chance to really discover what you need in your life. Children can offer an epiphany and while it isn’t going to be easy to go back to work after having a baby, you might gain some clarity as to what direction your life will go in.
  2. You gain perspective. Being a mother gives you the chance to gain a little more perspective on life. When you have been tasked with caring for someone other than yourself, you are forced to be less selfish and forced to consider others. You might find a whole new set of skills you didn’t know you had, and you can hone in on those skills and put them to a whole new job.
  3. You work to find satisfaction in your life. You might have worked towards a goal before you had children, but being a brand new parent changes things. Satisfaction is different than before, it’s not always the high powered career. It’s knowing you are now a living example for your child to watch that gives you a chance to put your mind to something new. This satisfaction is harder to find before children and it feels different when you get there in the end. 
  4. You become more efficient. A new mother allows you to become much more efficient. You have to learn on your feet, think with your hands and rely heavily on your instincts to know what to do. 
  5. You gain patience you didn’t know that you had. Being a new parent makes you far more patient than you ever thought you could be, changing how you tolerate the way you are treated on the job.

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