Having a Baby Is a Great Career Move


working momsForget everything you've heard about (the lack of) maternity leave. Ignore the mommy track, and the high cost of day care that makes it prohibitive to have a job. It's time to look on the bright side of tiny people completely upending your life and making it all about them, them, them. You know who I'm referring to: babies.

Maybe you're one of those ladies who decided enough was enough with the day job and are now staying home with your new baby. Good for you! Sure you'll avoid the headaches of day care to office commutes, wondering if your sitter actually remembered your baby was lactose intolerant, or cursing your husband for not realizing that you've been working hard all day as well. But you might also be missing the biggest career opportunity of your life.

Here are the five ways that baby's can actually boost your career, instead of tearing down your mental acuity little by little.

1. Focus

Until you've had a person become entirely dependent on you for her every little move, you don't know what a time crunch actually is, really. Luckily that time crunch at home makes you focus like nobodies business when it's work time. You don't have the option of finishing something up when you get home, because someone is already there demanding your every fibre of being. All that focus means more efficiency at the office, means, promotion!

2. Ambition

Again, that dependent also needs you to keep him diapers, food, and a home. You need cash money for that, probably even more than you needed before that baby arrived. Nothing like rising expenses to make you go for that new position and the big salary bump.

3. Bonding

Kind of like the smokers of the 1990s, the parents of today's workplace find themselves gathering and discussing those little scamps. Just throw this one out there: "Hey, does anyone know how to get into the new magnet school?" and you'll have a whole new set of friends/fellow commiserates.

4. Example

Probably the best reason to pull it together, professionally, is to set a good example for your child. You've heard enough about the sad work ethic of the most recent generation, make sure you don't bestow the same fate on your little one. By the time she's old enough to come to "Take Your Child to Work Day" you're going to want to make sure you're sitting pretty at that job.

5. Distraction

You're going to feel one of two ways about going back to work after having a baby: Excited for the break from baby care, or miserable and lost without that baby. Either way you need the distraction of hard work, or you'll just be happy to be out of the house and using other parts of your brain. Both of these work styles can pay off, big time. And before you know it you'll be running things!

Do you think you're a better employee now that you have a baby?


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colin... colins_mom

It did for me. Before my ds was born I had 0 ambition. I didn't care if I had a job or not. Partying was more important. I called in all the time and just really didn't care. But once my ds was born I had to work, I had to grow up and take care of him. I never would have gone to college if I hadn't had him.

vanes... vanessa5470

Ehhhh...sometimes. LO2 was conceived while I had Paragard and it literally devestated me. I was a second year teacher and was enjoying my career. She was born this past September and at times I just feel so useless as a sahm. I actually miss my career.

nonmember avatar shelly sheldon

My boss actually promised me a raise and other incentives upon my return to work before I left on maternity leave. She wanted to motivate me to return to work after having my dd. It worked! Looking forward to continuing my career and going back to more money to support my baby!

Eques... EquestrianMom

Lol! My son is amazing, wouldn't trade him for anything. Career booster? Not for me. He's my gong! I work at home, training horses and doing riding lessons, my son is with me all week long. Sooo, now I have a sidekick always "helping" me around the barn, nothing like a 5yo telling you how to ride! LMAO! 

 Honestly, my biggest career boost from my son is the fact that he makes us a family barn, now I have a crew of Mom and Dad clients who bring their kids, big and little, out to our barn. We are probably the only preformance horse barn who's dressage, barrel, team roping and sporthorses double as baby sitters, therapy horses (some of my clients have special needs kids) and so on. Never before have I been to horse shows, expected my horses to run a screaming barrel pattern for a client, and then double ride with a screaming (excited) kid right after. It has changed my expectations from my horses for sure!

Crims... CrimsonRain

It's "babies", not "baby's".

I can't speak from experience, but I can't buy into your theory--and a theory is all it is.  A rather imaginative one at that.  Idealistic, even.

In most cases, doesn't having a child make you less focused on your work, more distracted, and more stressed?  Doesn't it make you turn down opportunities for higher pay because those generally entail more work and thus less time to take care of the home and family?  How do you get ahead on your work if you don't do much overtime and lose days to doctor appointments, sick leave, soccer games, etc?

Really, depending on the nature of your work, I can't see much logic in what you propose.

CoolR... CoolRelax

Dang Crimson - you're a bowl of sunshine huh?  Since I CAN speak from experience, I'll tell you that there are pros and cons.  Turn down opportunities? Um hell no.  Unless someone offers a promotion that includes lots of travel why would anyone turn down a chance to make more $$?  Plus, babies DO help you focus.  A quick glance at a picture of your kids helps you focus on not acting a fool at your job because the babies NEED you to have a job.  Seeing their faces is the "woo-sah" moment that keeps your temper in check when someone is pissing you off.  And you get ahead at work because magically you're able to get more done in less time.  You work harder and smarter, not longer.  There's a lady at my job (in her 50's, no kids) who routinely stays until 2am.  She has half the workload most of us have.  Her extra hours are not viewed as dedication by management, they think she's totally inefficient.  And they're right. 

CoolR... CoolRelax

@Equestrian Mom - seems like your little one IS your career booster!  That sounds like fun, we have quite a few stables in our area and one day I want to my little ones to learn to ride.

StarG... StarGirlD

@CrimsonRain - Haha! We must be like-minded. The first thing that struck me in this article was "nobodies busniess" rather than "nobody's business". 

Diana Wachowiak

Women can never just answer a question without attacking or making rude comments to each other. Anyway, I felt I was more productive when I was a working mom. Everyone is different, everyone has different situations. No one is less of a mom or "wrong" because they stay home or go to work, whether it was by choice or not. I don't work anymore, but when I stayed home full time, I felt off. I thrived on routines and schedules. Staying home didn't allow me that. I had to come up with stuff to keep busy everyday. I don't like sleeping in anyway. I'm a morning person, that's what's right for me though. I'm not judging those who stay home. If it's their thing, good. I now attend school full time, so that's like my "job". I am fine with being a busy person. It works for me.

mompam mompam

No way. I became a much worse employee after I had kids. I used to work late and come in early. Now I come in late and leave early. And the truth is, I really don't care about my job like I once did.

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