Most moms find it difficult returning to work after being home with the little one for six to eight weeks. The mixed feelings of returning back to work and staying home can take a toll on your budget. With the increase of the cost-of-living that comes along with that cute little baby, making a decision to not return to work can be a monetary mistake.
If you are anything like me, I looked at the maternity leave and FMLA policy for my company and federal guidelines provided by the Department of Labor multiple times. I also talked to every Human Resources officer and supervisor at work a dozen times to rehearse my leave dates and expectations. I signed paperwork and had the exact dates engraved in my head. As soon as that last week approached the end, I called, emailed, and begged whomever to get two more weeks at home with the baby. Unfortunately, that cost me about $2000. While that may be peanuts to some, that was almost half of my monthly income!
So what could a spoiled mom on maternity leave who wanted to be home a little bit longer do?
- Well for one, I could have called Mom and/or Mom-in-Law to coordinate alternating “Grandma Duty”. I would have had to return to work, but having that other mom there would be comforting.
- Speaking to my immediate supervisor about working half days or from home could have been an easy transition between home and work.
- Find another occupation that allows more flexibility with the little one.
- Modify my budget in advance in case I decided to stay out longer could save money.
No matter if you decide to stay home a little longer or go in to work at your appointed hour, the well-being of your newborn is most important. Budgeting the possibility of extending maternity leave in advance could be most helpful.