Do you worry about your children? Of course you do. We all do! As a parent, a little bit of anxiety is natural. In addition to the stress of being a parent, as a working mother, you have the additional stress of “working mom worry,” and that type of worrying offers another dynamic to your life as a mother.

If you have already begun working after giving birth, you know what I’m talking about. For all of you new mothers or soon to be mothers, when you begin working again, you will undoubtedly have to leave your child in the care of someone else. Whether you are leaving your child with your spouse, a close relative, or a caregiver, you will worry about them. This is a natural function of motherhood and it is very hard, if not impossible, to shut it off. At some point, it will be necessary to learn how to suppress some of that worry in order to function productively throughout the day without biting too many fingernails off.

The best way to minimize the amount of worry that you have is to choose a childcare provider that you trust. This may be a family member, a childcare center or day home that you’ve researched and has great references. Be sure that you haveaccess to your childcare provider by phone throughout the day and make it clear to them that they should call you if there is a problem or a concern with your child. Some wonderful websites for childcare resources are: ChildCareAware.org, KidsHealth.org, and FindCareNow.com.

There will be times in your working life where you may have to leave your child when they are sick because of an important meeting or other unavoidable event. And of course, a situation like this will increase your worry about your child. Again, it is important for your sanity and your business to control thesituation as much as possible. Choose a trusted caregiver and try to return home to your child as soon as is possible.

It would be unrealistic to expect you to shut off your working mom worry, but you have to trust your instincts and know thatworking at your business is the best thing for your child as well as yourself.

How you deal with anxiety can greatly affect the people around you, but more importantly it can affect you in a destructive way. The Coping & Stress Profile® created by Inscape Publishing is a unique, self-directed learning instrument that provides people with valuable feedback on stress and coping in four interconnected areas of life: Personal, Work, Couple, and Family. Today’s workplace demands high performance of its employees, but that no longer means putting work ahead of everything else. Organizations formerly disregarded the need to balance life outside of work and accepted the fact that productivity suffered as a result. Today’s more dynamic, team-oriented organizations require flexible, creative, sustainable performance, the kind that comes with people who know how to balance the urgent demands of work life and personal life without sacrificing either.

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Real Estate, Business and Life Coach Cheri Alguire has partnered with hundreds of Real Estate Professionals and Small Business Owners to help them become more successful in business and in life. Coach Cheri specializes in Group Coaching for Small Business Owners, Working Mothers, Real Estate Agents and Managers. Learn more at www.NextLevelServices.net.