Thursday 13 September 2012

Adjusting to Life At Work

I started my new job on Tuesday and I'm having some challenges with adjusting back to working life.

To begin with, my new co-workers are great with compatible sense of humour (always a relief).  The job looks like it will be well within my skill level and we can certainly use the money and flexibility.

But it's been 8 years since I worked on a daily basis.  My previous post-child work was two evenings a week.  It's been a bit of a mental challenge to adjust to having to go to work every single day.  (Wait, I have to go again?  Didn't I do this yesterday?)

Nathan is having a real challenge with it.  Particularly since I can't pick him up at school during my training period.  He's been crying and tantruming more than usual and has been extra clingy.  I'm trying to give him reassurance that I'll still be there but the reality is that something new is going to be coming into his life to wrest my attention away from him.  So I won't dismiss his feelings as irrelevant.

Alex is mostly okay.  I'm home again by the time he's done school so it's less of an issue.

It's going to take me awhile to figure out my new schedule of work, school, writing, exercise and housework.  Finding the new balance will be tricky.  But I'll get there.  Right now, I think the biggest help for Nathan will be finding that time for him individually when my attention isn't scattered.

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