For working moms, maintaining a healthy balance of family and work is never easy. Being a full-time working mother can cause stress and anxiety. The key is to focus on a plan, get organized, and find the right equilibrium between profession and parenthood. Here are ways for working moms to balance work and family.
Leave Work at Work
Once you get home, stop working. When you are with your family members, they need to be your top priority. Turn off your cellphone and don’t read new work emails. Instead, engage with your partner and children.
Don’t Go Crazy With Cleaning
Working moms feel pressure to do it all – maintain a successful career and make sure the home is in perfect shape. But you don’t want to run yourself ragged by making sure all the housework is completed every single day. Instead, try doing one house task a day after work, or create a schedule to clean on certain days. This will enable you to maintain your home and you’ll still have quality time to spend with your family. Your spouse should also be responsible for household chores, and try to include your children with age-appropriate tasks. Don’t try and do them all by yourself. Check out chore charts to ensure everyone in the household takes responsibility.
Spend Quality Time With Your Family
In addition to organizing team chores, make sure you build in fun time with your kids on the weekends or during the week. It’s important to bond and keep the family dynamic strong. This can be as simple as having breakfast together or planning family outings. Getting your family together for adventures may be difficult due to everyone’s separate activities, so try creating a calendar that includes dates for family and school events, birthdays and extracurricular activities. Google Calendar is a great modern option that can help everyone coordinate. It can be shared and synced on everyone’s smartphones or computers.
Spend Time With Your Spouse
When you’re busy at work and home, your spouse may be neglected. Don’t forget to maintain a good relationship with your partner. Schedule date nights by going out on the town, or just staying in and having a candlelight dinner and playing games. The important thing is to enjoy each other’s company.
Make Time for Yourself
It’s important to build in time for yourself. Sometimes you just need a break from work and from your family to exercise, read, take a class, etc. Some mothers feel guilty about taking time for themselves, but doing so is completely healthy. Yes, your family needs you, but alone time will help you recharge and will make you a more effective parent and spouse.
For future working moms thinking about balancing their career and new bundles, check out our tips in “5 Financial Steps to Take Before Your Baby Arrives.”