All moms work. At home, at the office – it doesn’t matter the location, the old saying is true – a mother’s work is never done. Many women find themselves juggling the responsibilities of motherhood and a career outside the home, often wondering if they are effective at either. Achieving balance is something that can be done with a little planning and time management.
-Leave the office at the office. Time at home is just that – time at home. It’s been proven it’s easier to focus on one thing really well than several things half as well. If you travel for work, make the evenings time to reconnect with your family just like you would at home. Make your time away from the office time for home, family, relaxation, and hobbies.
-If you have a job that allows you to work from your home office, set business hours. Do your best to only work during those times. It might be difficult at first, but it will help to create a division from work and family life.
-Make use of meal planning and your slow cooker. You can put the ingredients in the slow cooker when you leave for work in the morning, and dinner will be done when you get home for the day, except for putting together a salad or warming up some bread. You won’t have to spend long hours in the kitchen and you’ll still be able to put a nutritious meal on the table for your family. By meal planning, you’ll already have an answer to the infamous “What’s for dinner?” question, and have all the ingredients on hand.
-Enlist the help of your kids and husband to help around the house. Even preschoolers can handle simple chores that will lighten your load and allow for more time together as a family.
Don’t feel guilty. In today’s unstable economy – many families need two working parents. If this is the situation you find your family facing, know that you can make it work. It takes a little extra effort, but finding balance might not be so out of reach.