It is undeniable that working mothers are masters of multitasking. But between changing diapers, organising game dates, and juggling conference calls, today’s professional women struggle to achieve unrealistic expectations for work-life balance.
Some mothers define balance as the ability to work a few days a week. These mothers strike a balance by working part-time and being able to do drop-off and pick-up, after-school activities, and tutoring.
Learn to separate work from home
You can make it a rule that when you are with your children, you do not work, and when you are at work, you do not do things for your children.
Considering the high demands of work and family, this may not be suitable for everyone.
Taking a few minutes break during the day can also help mentally. There is a happy home with a happy mother. If you are not in your best condition either physically or mentally, your family life and work-life will suffer. Practicing self-care can teach you to love yourself and help you become the best version of yourself. This is mutually beneficial for everyone.
Tips to meet the challenges
- Involve your partner
You feel as if you only have a limited amount of time with your baby and want to make the most of it. That’s excellent. However, if you are overly possessive, you will most likely end up doing all the work yourself.
- Make a plan for childcare ahead of time
Good, dependable childcare is essential. Start looking into day-care centres and interviewing nannies well in advance of your return to work. Before you return, develop confidence and trust in your childcare provider to make those first days a little easier.
- Know your priorities
As a hardworking professional and a great mom, your home will not pass the white glove inspection. Or you can’t make a delicious dinner every night or even any night.
If you can afford additional help, such as cleaning services, that would be great. Or choose something that is important to you, such as staying on top of your clothes and letting the rest slip off.
- Creating a family calendar
There is a section for each family member’s work schedule, appointments, commitments, and other comings and goings. This is the key to balancing work and family life.
You can see what you need to do that week briefly, and it also allows your caregivers to keep track of your family’s schedule.
- Divide and conquer
If you have partners, sharing responsibilities will make a difference. Before you return to work on the first day, make sure you two are on the same page.
Coordinate your childcare plans and arrangements and share housework. Don’t forget to make a sick leave plan. If your baby is sick and/or needs to see a doctor, learn how to divide who will care for your baby.
- Take some time for yourself
This is not easy, especially in the first few months back to work. But you need to recharge. Meet a friend who is also a working mother. Talking to other women in the same boat will help you feel less alone.
- Stay focussed
Many working parents find that even though they have more to do, they are more efficient and productive than ever. Make a to-do list every day and don’t deviate from it for unnecessary things, like blindly checking your email repeatedly, or running to the store when you can simply order online.
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