A mom asks Dr. Bill for his advice as she prepares for a major life change Show Notes

Thursday, May 15, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Dear Dr. Bill,
I’m about to leave my position as a corporate executive to become a full-time, stay-at-home mom.  What can I do to make this transition smoothly?
 
--Jan
 
Dear Jan,

The transition from full-time professional to full-time mom can be both rewarding and challenging.  
 
The rewards include less anxiety over leaving child to return to work, a more secure infant, and a healthier bonding experience with your child. 
 
The challenges can include physical and mental exhaustion, role confusion, and a lack of intellectual stimulation.

Here are a few tips to ease transition:

•    Prepare, prepare, prepare.  Read as much as you can on child development and the relationship between mothers and infants.  This is particularly important for women who may have had a difficult childhood or a strained relationship with their own mother.

•    Talk to other women who have made the transition from full-time work to full-time mom.  Ask them about their struggles and their successes.

•    Develop a social support network.  Meet other new moms in your neighborhood or at your church.  Join a “Mommy and Me” group or “MOPS” (Mothers of Preschoolers)

•    Finally, Communicate clearly with your spouse about roles and expectations.  Discuss how these may change after the baby is born and you stop working.

Focus on the Family has some excellent articles on this topic on their website.  Just go to FocusOnTheFamily.com and enter “Stay at Home Moms.”  

Also, let me recommend a book I know you’ll find helpful.  It’s called “Professionalizing Motherhood,” by Jill Savage.

Thanks for writing, Jan.  I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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