Studies find women are losing career and financial momentum to stay home with their children. For many women this is a huge financial set back. In fact as a whole, women who chose the mommy track had fewer job and career options even when they did decide to go back into the workforce.
Here are a few “truths” and lessons I’ve gathered over the years:
~ Because of gaps in employment and/or lower wages, women have less or no money in pension plans, retirement accounts and other long-term benefits.
~Often, when women chose to return to work after months or years home with children, they found the job opening choices few and far between. They were often faced with settling for lower paying positions.
~Because of an increasing divorce rate, many women are returning to the workforce with the added stress of being a single parent.
Planning ahead and being proactive financially could take some of the pressure off of parenthood.
Some Smart Solutions:
~It’s never too early to begin working with a financial advisor. Talking to an advisor while you’re still in school or just beginning your career is a smart way to plan for the future. Share your plans, hopes and dreams. A financial planner can help you anticipate the challenges and prepare for obstacles.
~Maximize your health insurance benefits. Shop around for health insurance that will best meet your needs and the needs of the family. Consult a health insurance professional. The money you save annually on health expenses could be invested or placed in savings.
~Check into disability insurance. You can purchase disability insurance on your own. Check to see if it covers pregnancy.
~Remember life insurance. A financial planner can help you figure out how much life insurance will best fit your family situation. There are many different types of policies so read and ask questions.
~Take it easy on spending! Set a budget and stick to the budget. Include some type of savings plan for the future, even if it’s just the change at the bottom of your purse. Every cent begins to add up.
~Can you work from home? How about a home-based business?
~Keep current in your field. Network with other mothers who are in the same profession or field. Form a playgroup. Then, when you’re ready to return to work, you’ll be up on what’s new. With the Internet, it’s easier to stay current and in touch.
~Be open to new ideas. Listen to your banker, financial advisor and the other money professionals in your life. Be wise and do your homework.
~Stay on top of your finances. Don’t allow other people to solely manage your financial life. Know where all your accounts are located, know the balances and know where to find important papers.
The mommy track may slow down wealth building temporarily, but it doesn’t have to completely disrupt your plans for a wealthy future. With smart planning and support from money professionals, motherhood can be not only emotionally rewarding, but financially secure also.
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