Juggling Your Kids and your Nine to Five
Posted On Apr 07, 2016
Word of the day: Su-per-mom
Definition: an exemplary or exceptional mother, especially one who successfully manages a home and brings up children while also having a full-time job.
If I were to use it in a sentence, it would go something like this:
I had the pleasure of being raised by a supermom all my life.
Statistics have proven that we currently live in an era where more mothers are a part of the working class than ever before. As ground-breaking as this is, there’s still a few things moms have to figure out, especially when it comes to working a full-time job.
Let’s face it, raising kids is hard enough. Most moms will tell you it’s a full-time job. Not to mention when you toss a job in the mix. That’s when things get a lot more chaotic and a lot less relaxing.
Unfortunately, not all mothers can afford to stay home after giving birth and solely tend to their child. There’s no magic wand that you can wave that lets your bills cease for the first year of your child’s life, but if I ever get my hands on one, I promise to give you first dibs. Until then, bills still have to be paid and diapers still have to be bought.
For all the mothers out there who are still trying to find that balance, here are five tips to help you keep calm with a pacifier in one hand and your laptop in the next:
- Stay Organized
This is definitely one of the most important tips. A nine-to-five is already a great challenge on its own. Therefore, it’s important to plan ahead and prioritize the needs of your family. Try incorporating a daily calendar that outlines what needs to be done in the home and on the job. Also, be sure to include all your children’s activities so you can always be one step ahead.
- Get help from your partner
Don’t forget to get your partner in on some of the fun as well. Communicate with your partner about the best way to go about finding the perfect balance between two hectic schedules. Figure out your partner’s strengths as well as your own and consider sharing responsibilities based on that.
- Spend some time with yourself
It’s crucial to take a moment to just breathe. Balancing the role of a full time mom and a full time employee can become overwhelming. I would suggest finding something you love to do and taking the time out each week to do just that, and only that. Even if it’s a simple walk for a few minutes in between conference calls and baking, it’s essential to take some time to love on yourself.
- Plan special family activities
We all know kids need attention, and lots of it! It’s vital to let your children know that in the midst of your over-the-top schedule, you still love them. Take the time to plan some activities that you can enjoy with your children outside of work. Whether it’s a Friday night movie or a picnic in the park, use that time to focus solely on catching up with what’s been going on with your kids. Ask them about their classes, extra-curricular activities or their new BFF. Whatever you choose to ask, they’ll appreciate you taking time out for just them.
- Find quality childcare
While you’d love to be with your child for every Kodak moment, every day can’t be Bring Your Child to Work day. Therefore, finding the right childcare is essential to your child’s well-being and growth. Do some research before just choosing anyone and ask for references from friends and family members. Make sure the daycare you go with has an up-to-date license, outdoor space, flexible hours, and experienced facilitators.
Have any tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!
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