Juggling the demands
Trying to juggle your career, duties as a wife, the responsibilities to your children and finding time to care for your self can be challenging and overwhelming.
Even with all of the challenges of being a working mom you can wake up each day looking forward to it with excitement!
Let me show you practical tips that you can incorporate today to help you with effectively coping with the pressures and demands of your busy life and turn you into a super mom!
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Separate your family time and work time.
Separating family time and work time requires creating boundaries. Set proper boundaries to provide adequate attention to each of your roles.
No scheduling solution is perfect, but the effort alone will pay big dividends in your stress level and effectiveness as a mother, wife, and career woman.
Concentrate on the role that you are in at the moment
When you’re in the office, concentrate on work.
Similarly, leave work at work when you come home for the evening and give your family your undivided attention.
You’ll get more done in less time and feel less stressed.
Make plans with your kids for the weekend
Always try to make time for fun. Especially on the weekends when you are free from work.
Allow your kids to choose the activity they wish on the weekend. This communicates value to your children and lets them know that they’re important to you.
During this time, focus exclusively on them and enjoy your time together. This may mean turning off devices, including your phone, that may distract you or pull your attention.
Enjoy dinner together as a family.
One of the most important thing to my guest Cheryl in episode 11 of the podcast, is coming together as a family at the dinner table.
Eating together has several benefits like:
- Encourages the family bond and helps kids learn family values.
- Gives your kids a safe place to talk and feel accepted instead of seeking negative attention from their peers.
- Better nutrition than eating fast food or at a resturant.
- Saves time and money because you don’t have to leave the house and order food at a restuarant.
While you are eating at the table, encourage your child to discuss
Remind everyone to switch off cell phones, iPods, and any distracting gadgets. Lead by example so that during time spent with your family is not interfered by work
Show your children what you do.
Let your children know about your career, why it’s important to you, and why it’s important to them.
Since my oldest was little, I would always tell him mommy is going to work to help fix people’s teeth. Now he understands what I do during the day and knows that I am helping people rather than having a good time without him.
The more they know about where mom spends her day, the more accepting they’ll be of your absence while you’re at work.
Bring your kids to work (if possible)
Take your kids to the office whenever possible and familiarize them with your work.
This can be during the hours of operation or after hours.
Let them see your workplace first-hand and learn all about what you do.
Introduce your kids to your colleagues’ children.
This way, you can form a common link between work and family.
It is helpful for little ones to understand that the people you work with have a family too.
This also helps you to more easily maintain your work/life balance.
Find hobbies that you all enjoy.
If your children are passionate about something that you also enjoy, this gives you an outlet to experience regular quality time with them and rejuvenating recreation at the same time.
Get to know your child’s friends.
Organize a sleepover or playdate and get to know who your kids hang out with.
Also, get to know their friends’ parents.
Take an active role in encouraging your children to hang around with positive people that can fuel their growth.
Go on a family vacation once a year.
Choose a destination that you and your kids all agree on.
Make sure the Work-Life offers something enjoyable for everyone.
Most importantly, leave office work at the office. This communicates to your children that they are valuable to you.
Hire help for the household work.
If the pressure at your office is too much or your time is spread too thin, hire someone to help with the household chores.
I know it was hard for me to spend the money to get someone to clean around the house, but it is so worth it!
Do whatever it takes to spend lots of quality time with your children.
This may mean hiring someone to do the mundane work so you can do the most important work of all: being a loving mother to your children.
By following these work life balance tips for moms, you can bring sanity to a world that was once filled with constant chaos.
You can juggle your career and family life if you make decisions that are consistent with your values, plan your time carefully, and use your resources on the priorities that are most important.