Bal­anc­ing Acts

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Work -

These for­mer stay-at-home mums share how they made the tran­si­tion back to work. “Af­ter 16 years of not work­ing, I was ex­cited about get­ting back to the grind. To en­sure the tran­si­tion was smooth, I kept my fam­ily’s sched­ule as it was. I still wake up at 6am to make break­fast for my hubby and two kids, aged 15 and 12. Then I work out for half an hour, make tea for my­self, and check my per­sonal e-mails be­fore head­ing to work. When I get home, I cook din­ner for my fam­ily. I can no longer pre­pare elab­o­rate meals on week­days, so I im­pro­vise or take short­cuts.”

– Florence Teo-Fauls, 39, re­cep­tion­ist

“I re­cently went back to work af­ter four years at home. To help with the tran­si­tion, I con­fided my fears to friends and col­leagues who’d been in the same boat and asked them how to man­age my time bet­ter, among other things. Their ad­vice was in­valu­able.”

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– Liz Scott,

“I went back to work af­ter three years at home. Ev­ery Sun­day, I plan the week’s din­ners in ad­vance. We don’t have a helper so my hus­band and I di­vide the house­hold chores. At work, I showed that I was will­ing to learn – hav­ing an open mind made it less stress­ful.”

– Lisa Salim, 38, doc­u­ment con­troller

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