Working Mom’s Survival Guide: 9 Ways to Thrive

By on September 3, 2013

Fotolia_48617239_XSFor a working mom, juggling career, and responsibilities to your kids can at times become challenging, tiring and monotonous. So take a fresh look at your approach to family and relationships that’ll have you waking up each morning and looking forward to the upcoming day’s challenges with renewed excitement and vigor. Try these tips to help you cope more effectively:

1. Split family and office time

Set appropriate boundaries to allow adequate attention to each of your roles. Whilst some compromises may be required, the effort alone will pay dividends in terms of your stress levels and effectiveness as a wife/partner, parent and career woman. When at the office, focus on work. When you return home focus on your family giving them your undivided attention. You’ll find yourself getting more done in less time, eliminating feelings of resentment and stress.

2. Hire some help to do the household work

Do whatever it takes to allow you to spend more quality time with your children. Hire someone to do the mundane work so you can focus on the most important work of all; that of being a loving parent to your kids.

3. Eat together as a family

Use this quality time to discuss the events of the day and enjoy family togetherness during your evening meal. Make it a family rule to switch off or silence cell phones and any other distracting gadgets during this precious time.

4. Let your children see what you do

Enable your children to understand your career and why it’s important to you. And also why it’s important to them. The more they know about where their mom spends her day, the more accepting they’ll be of your absence while at work. If possible, take your kids to the office to let them see your workplace first-hand so they can learn about some of the things you do.

5. Make plans involving the kids at the weekend

Let your kids choose an activity they’d like to do on the weekend. This lets them know they’re important to you. During this time, focus heavily on them and enjoy your time together.

6. Know your kid’s friends

When feasible, organize a sleepover and take the opportunity to also get to know who your kids hang out with. Get to know their friends’ parents. Also, take an active role in encouraging your children to hang out with positive people that can help them grow.

7. Let your kids meet your colleagues’ children

This can be a neat way for you to form a common link between work and family and more easily help to maintain your work and life balance.

8. Share hobbies

Be aware when your children are passionate about similar things to you this gives you an outlet to experience regular quality time with them.

9. Take an annual family vacation

Choose a destination you all agree on (making sure the vacation offers something for everyone). Most importantly, you need to leave office work at the office to further demonstrate to your children that they are precious and important to you.

 

These tips can help you juggle your career and family life, provided the decisions you make are consistent with your values. Plan your time wisely and prioritize implementing these tips accordingly.

Maybe you’ve got some ideas (past or present) you’d like to share here, in which case please post a comment below so everyone can benefit.

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  1. Betty Jane, CO

    October 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I know so many people that have their kids in all sorts of activities, and although this is great for the kids, it’s a burden on the parents running around for hockey, swimming, soccer, ballet. When we were growing up, we were allowed one activity at a time. This way, we were entertained with our extracurriculars but mom and dad weren’t pulling out their hair… or their pocketbooks!

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