Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is partnering with The Motherhood and Northwood Services to discuss what happens when you start something new and how you can balance work and family. Although compensated , all opinions remain my own. #NorthwoodforMoms Dear Diary, I never imagined I would become a mother. Now, I can’t imagine my life without my daughter. Over the years, my expectations of what fulfillment meant changed. Not long ago, I lived in the Cayman Islands, hosting a television show and traveling the world. But now, I’m back home in Pennsylvania, telling a different kind of story about being a mom. At first, the new title scared me. Before I had a baby, I don’t think I ever babysat one overnight! Of course, I watched my nephews for a few hours here and there, since I didn’t live nearby. I don’t think I ever changed their diapers or cooked them a meal, besides breakfast. I was the fun aunt–the one who pulled their rafts to the deep end of the ocean and rode the waves to the shore. The one who bought the VERY loud and very fun toys for birthdays. The one who took them to the circus, science center and children’s museum. Then, something changed. I was in an unfamiliar environment–I couldn’t give my baby back, like I did my nephews after filling their bellies with sugar and soda. I wasn’t sure if I could succeed as a mom. I never doled out punishments. I never balanced my budget. But my circle of supporters surrounded me, letting me know that I was wiser and stronger than I thought. Although I still don’t cook dinner daily–the Thai restaurant around the corner knows our order by heart–and I don’t always unplug from my day job, I’m no longer afraid of motherhood–or even failure. I know I don’t have to be perfect to be a good mom. When you’re in that kind of unfamiliar situation, it can be difficult to know what to expect and how to succeed, especially if you re-enter the workforce after becoming a mom. Fortunately, I had a very understanding boss! I was sleep nursing–a sleepy employee pumping break milk on lunch breaks. Northwood Realty Services also understands what it takes to be a good mom and provides support, education and training to make heading back to work, or starting a new career, less overwhelming. Educating When you make the decision to start a career in real estate, Northwood Realty Services will help you schedule a meeting with a recruiter so you know exactly what to expect in the journey to becoming an agent. Once you decide a career with Northwood Real Estate Services is for you, Northwood offers classes to help you prepare to take your real estate exam. They prep you on real estate principles, laws and terminology, which will help you feel confident. After you’re licensed, Northwood Realty Services offers an undergraduate program of 15 classes that cover a wide variety of topics, including what is involved in the day-to-day as a real estate agent, how to give a presentation, how to find prospective clients, etc. These classes let new agents talk to people in the business, ask questions, receive more hands-on training, and be able to answer the all-important question: “I have my license, now what do I do?” Northwood Realty Services also offers a Master Class for seasoned agents. An important aspect of the Northwood culture is their mentor and coaching programs. New agents are paired up with an experienced, successful agent for mentoring and shadowing opportunities. This relationship helps new agents work with seasoned professionals to develop their own skills and techniques. Training Northwood Realty Services take a true team approach to its business. Each office has at least one manager and an administrative manager onsite, and a coach, tech trainer, mentor manager and regional trainer who visit the office regularly. Technology also plays a role in the real estate process. Northwood has tech trainers come to each office to offer all agents one-on-one support and training for any of the new programs, assist with each agent’s personal website, and other related training. Just yesterday, one of my best friends shared that she’s searching for a new job–one that provides financial stability and flexibility for her family. I told her she should sell real estate. We continued the conversation and shared how we really want to work, but also want to focus on our children, perhaps even expanding our little clans. Northwood Realty Services help you do just that–make a smooth transition and make a good living, without making you feel guilty for living an unbalanced life. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.