Being a working mother is hard. You have to make a lot of compromises between being there for your children and bringing home the bacon. So, although working as you bring up your children can be very rewarding, it can also be tough. If you want to make the most of your time as a mother, you, therefore, need to do what you can to make every moment count. Here are some simple tips for doing just that:
Get Your Priorities Right
As a working mother, you need to work out what is most important to you. If you’re like most mothers, your children will be your first priority, but you will still want to do a good job at work. Taking care of your kids and giving your all at work is not always easy, but it can be done.
If you are not tied down to a particular job, you could think about becoming self-employed, which would enable you to set your own hours and juggle work around the kids. If this is not possible, you just have to do your best and ensure you schedule regular time with the kids that nothing, not even work, can get in the way of.
Say No More
Whether your boss asks you to stay late, your neighbour wants you to join their book club, or your friends beg you to join them for a night out unless it’s something you really want to do, don’t be afraid to say no. Saying no to commitments you don’t really want will free up more time for you and your kids to be together and that’s much more important than the risk of few hurt feelings or an annoyed boss.
When you spend a large chunk of time working, it is important that you make every second you have with your kids count. Do things that will create long lasting memories and let your kids know just how much they are loved. Hire a photographer and have a family portrait taken, go camping, create art together – the possibilities are endless, and they will do the whole family a world of good.
A relaxed mommy is a good mommy. When you have so many plates to juggle, it can be tempting to be always on the go, but this will just lead to burnout, raised voices and lots of stress. So, take time out to relax and pamper yourself, watch a movie with the kids, go for a walk and keep the mood at home positive.
Get the Kids Involved
Whether you’re doing household chores, cooking or gardening, get the kids involved. This will give you more time together, you’ll get your chores done more quickly (maybe), and you’ll have plenty of time to talk with the children and enjoy each other’s company.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Perhaps most importantly of all, do not fall into the trap of beating yourself up. As a working mom, you are doing your very best to look after your family. They will understand. They will appreciate. Do not worry.
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