Many things enter your mind and impact your decision on whether you can keep a baby from an unplanned pregnancy.
One of those factors could be where you are in your career and how being a parent will affect your job.
How Being a Parent Affects Your Career
No matter how you try, you cannot completely separate your work from your personal life.
This fact becomes even truer when you are a parent.
Sick kids, a missing babysitter and other issues can not only cause you to call in to work, but they can cause you to be preoccupied when you are at work.
You will find that the issues only grow as your child gets older. While many parents deal with this situation on a daily basis, not all careers are a good mix with babies.
For example, if you have to work a lot of overtime or change shifts without notice, finding a babysitter at the last minute may prove to be an ongoing challenge.
Being a Single Working Parent
The challenges of balancing both baby and career multiple if you are a single parent.
For those without a spouse or significant other in their lives, they may lack the support system that mothers need. If their family lives a long distance from them, they must rely on friends for the help they need.
Two-parent families can divide up the responsibilities or assign roles based on individual needs.
For example, if one person has an unpredictable job schedule and the other works traditional hours, that person would be responsible for caring for the child when sick or when the other person is unexpectedly called into work.
When you are a single parent, you have to find other creative ways to handle the situations.
Accurate statistics are hard to find on the number of children adopted annually, but closest numbers estimate it to be more than 100,000.
While many of those are not babies, it does prove that adoption is a viable option for expectant mothers who are not sure they can cope with the challenges of raising a baby and managing a career.
When looking at the possibility of adoption, you may even consider your employer’s expectations.
It is much easier to raise a child as a single parent if you have the support of your boss. Some employers make accommodations such as allowing the mother to work from home when she has a sick child or providing on-site daycare for parents.
As the article, “Should I Keep My Baby”, discusses, there are many factors to consider when deciding on adoption.
You cannot overlook the impact that being a mother will have on your career. While some people may criticize you for such a practical approach, you know that you are considering both your interests and your baby’s needs when including all factors.
Only you can decide what works for you and your child. Whatever decision you reach will have a long-lasting effect on you.
About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including parenting and careers.