It’s always tough being a mom and trying to juggle a career with family obligations, but with a bit of thought and effort, almost any mom can create a better work-life balance that will enable them to live a much more ideal life. Keep reading for some useful tips that will help to get you there…
Give Up the Guilt
If there’s one thing that will make your life as a working mom a million times more stressful than it really needs to be, it’s feeling guilty for your life choices. Instead of feeling bad about leaving the kids with the childminder when you head out to work, think of all the things you will be able to give to them (a great education, nice vacations, etc.) and more importantly the good example you will be setting them by going out to work. It’s a fact of modern life that in most families, both parents need to work and you should never beat yourself up about that.
Consider More Flexible Options
That being said, if you really can’t bear the thought of going out to work for 8+ hours every day and you want to have a bit more flexibility in your schedule, look at the alternatives. There are many non-traditional roles that you can mostly work from home such as content writing and online marketing. Sure, you might need to do a bit of retraining but since you can get an online masters in marketing or learn how to write better via distance courses, this is not the problem it once might have been. There are also many roles that you may already be qualified for which you can do from home too – you could ask your boss about the possibility of home working at least some of the time.
Find High-Quality Childcare
If you find a daycare facility or a nanny that has an excellent reputation that you trust implicitly with your children, it will make it a whole lot easier for you to go to work every day and not spend the whole of the time worrying about your kids or trying to rush through work so you can get back to see them.
Learn to Say No
In the modern workplace, there is often a lot of pressure put on employees to stay behind and do extra work unpaid or to help out with various events and although it’s good to do some of that stuff occasionally, you need to learn how to be more assertive, so that you can say no to unreasonable requests and ensure that you have an adequate family life. It can be daunting at first, but as long as you work hard when you are there, you have nothing to worry about.
Prep in the Evenings
The mornings can be the most stressful part of being a working mom because not only do you have to get the kids up and ready for school, but you need to ensure that you are presentable too. So, be smart and make lunches the night before, lay out clothing and place coats and shoes, or school bags by the door, so you can be much more efficient and less likely to be late.
Balancing work and family life might be tough, but with these helpful hints, it’s likely to be a whole lot easier.