Being a mum is hard work. Especially for those juggling full or part-time work with family responsibilities. And there’s continual pressure on mums to make it all look manageable. Not to mention all the one-upping on social media.
Here are some ways mums can find work/life balance:
Get some help
It’s becoming more and more common for busy parents to use outside help. You may want to think about whether you should use a domestic staff agency to help you with things like childcare, cooking, and housecleaning. This allows you to have more free time to do the things you love, like spending time with your kids.
Have support systems
Trying to do it all alone is a recipe for disaster. Instead, make sure you have good support systems in place so you can have someone to lean on when the going gets tough. This could be a group of mums in the same position, family members, or even an online community or Facebook group. A problem shared is a problem halved, and simply hearing someone say “I know where you’re coming from” can lighten the load.
Ditch the guilt
Instead of thinking about how you’re not with your kids, think about how your role at work benefits your family. Maybe your job allows you to afford certain educational opportunities or after-school extras for the kids. Not to mention, having a life outside of your kids is simply smart for your mental health.
So many women end up leaving the workforce to have children and find that they’re unable to enter it later on. If your relationship breaks down or you run into financial trouble in the future, you’ll be very glad you kept working.
Avoid starting the day with everyone stressed out by getting everything organised the night before. That means laying out everyone’s clothes, getting everyone showered, and packing all the kids lunches. This is the time to decide what you’re making for breakfast and pack work bags, purses, backpacks, and diaper bags so they’re ready to grab on the way out the door.
A family calendar can include things like a list of family and school events, extracurriculars, chore charts, and dates when bills are due. Google calendars work well for mum and date since they can be shared and synced on your laptop and smartphones and you can keep on top off all responsibilities.
It’s also a good idea to set aside 10 minutes on every Sunday to prepare and review the next week’s schedule. This ensures everyone is on the same page and there are no last-minute surprises.
What are your top tips for finding work/life balance? Leave a comment below and let me know!