Friday, September 27, 2013

8 Tips on Managing Family and Work for the Working Mom

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Being a working mom is difficult. You need to strike the perfect balance between family life and business. While it’s hard, it’s definitely not an impossible task. In fact, about four in 10 homes in the U.S. today has working mothers. However, as a mother there's a lot you need to keep track of and do, such as get the kids ready for school and know when soccer practice starts. You also need to keep in mind all of your business responsibilities, such as meetings and appointments.
So, what can you do to make the task a little easier?

Prepare for the Busy Morning the Night Before

Mornings are one of the most difficult times of the day as a working parent. You need to get yourself ready for work and the kids ready for school. Making sure everyone is dressed, fed, and ready to go sounds easy, but in practice it can get confusing and extremely difficult. One of the easiest ways you can help manage the morning is to prepare as much as possible the night before.
Make sure your purse and briefcase are ready to go and by the door. All backpacks should have homework and books in them and be ready to grab and go first thing. It's smart to even plan outfits for yourself and for the children ahead of time and have them out for the next day. Everything you can do to get the morning off to a fast, easy start puts you that much ahead of the day. Even something as simple as setting the coffee pot before you go to bed can save you time and stress in the morning.


Organize and Manage Your Schedule

Are your kids active in different groups or sports? Keeping track of practices, games, and more is important. On top of that, you have doctor’s appointments, meetings with teachers, and don’t forget that spa day with the girls. It’s crucial you have a schedule. The best mobile device management systems (such as BYOD) allow you to sync your schedule across multiple devices, such as your phone, tablet, and computer. This means you’ll never miss a business meeting, an appointment, or a recital.

You’re supermom, and your schedule proves it.


Spend Extra Time With Your Kids 

It’s important to take extra special time out to spend with your kids. Instead of just hanging out after dinner or working on homework, make sure to have a special day weekly or monthly where you do extra activities.
There are a lot of options for this. Do you have a family game night? Add this into the schedule. Another option is to take your kids out on “dates” to the movies or out to eat. It makes them feel special and helps you connect with them on a different level. Plus, it allows you to get out and have some fun too.



Keep Work at the Office and Family at Home

Mixing work and family can end in disaster. In the majority of cases, you don’t want to bring the kids into the office, and you also shouldn’t be bringing your work home. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. However, the more you're able to separate the two, the more balanced you'll feel. When work and family life bleed into one another, many moms start getting stressed and anxious. To avoid this, keep clear lines and don’t cross them.


Find Trustworthy Childcare 

One of the hardest things as a working parent is deciding on childcare. Whether you choose a nanny, babysitter, or daycare, you’re entrusting the well-being of your child to another person. Because of this, it’s crucial you find someone you trust. If possible, find a friend or family member that would be willing to watch your children. However, this isn’t always an option.

Make sure to interview daycares and potential nannies. Before you leave your child with someone you don’t know, make sure to get to know them. You should also consider certifications each provider has and talk to other parents who have had their kids at the daycare facility.

Ensure Your Employer Understands

When you have both a job and children, you need to make sure that your boss understands the situation. You may need to miss work at times because of a sick child. If you work for someone who doesn't understand this, or isn't willing to work with you, it'll make life much more difficult. However, with an understanding company, you'll be able to balance work and home life easier, without the extra stress that being a working parent can cause.


Set Aside Time for Your Significant Other

If your relationship goes downhill, you’re going to be stressed in every part of your life. It’s important to make time for your significant other and make sure the two of you are investing in one another. If you don’t, you’ll both start to feel neglected. Consider weekly or monthly date nights, where just the two of you go out. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Even a walk through the park, allowing you time together to talk, is important to your relationship.

Give Yourself a Break

You need to make time for yourself. A happy mom is a balanced mom. If you don’t do things for yourself once in a while, you’re going to break down eventually. Make sure to take at least a few minutes every day to do something for yourself. Whether it’s sipping your cup of coffee while reading a book or playing a video game, this is one of the most important things you can do for your children, your significant other, and your professional life. The more balanced you feel, the more balanced your life will be.

Balancing different parts of your life is never easy. However, once you get it down, you feel happier and more comfortable daily. Keeping a healthy balance between work and family will make sure that everyone is happy, from you to your boss and your kids.

37 comments:

  1. Awesome tips!! I always prepare the night before. I make sure lunches/snacks are packed, clothes laid out and homework checked so that way I don't have to worry about it in the morning.

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  2. I was a stay-at-home mom, but these tips are equally applicable for stay-at-home moms, too. Heck, common sense time-management works well for all of us.

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  3. Leave work at work is the way to be all around

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  4. I am a single working mama... these are great tips ... I think the biggest one I am going to take away from this will be having both our lunches prepared the night before and I already decided that my little one will need to pick her outfit out the night before... I will have to pick mine out too... :)

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  5. Good stuff here. Though I don't have kiddos, taking graduate courses, and teaching, I'm having to really manage my time. I'm trying to blog here and there, but..that would be the thing that's suffering, but once I finish school, I'll get back into it. :)

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    1. I haven't see you around, but I know you're busy, and that's a good thing!! Glad to see you here today. :)

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  6. I have been there, and have done those, altho not consistently.

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  7. Wonderful tips but what is really great for me.... My Daughter is grown. Whooo Hoooo....

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  8. Organizing and managing my schedule is still a work in progress but thankfully it's headed in the right direction. These are all great tips. Sometimes it takes these reminders to get back on track with everything.

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  9. Great advise. It is difficult to manage work and home without these tips in order. Preparing the night before for the next day I think is key.

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  10. Great tips, the problem is making them reality. The one about "ensure your employer understands" is a huge laugh to me. I don't know anyone in corporate that would agree there is such a thing, perhaps in other industries. Although women would try and try to break down the barriers that keep us from being both super heroes at home and at work.

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  11. I am a stay at home Mom, these are great tips... Especially taking time for yourself...

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  12. Really great tips here, Rosey! We certainly need to have some 'me' time. A happy mom is indeed a balanced mom.

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  13. These are the best tips for working moms, I think every mom is working mom no matter if she are in the office or home. As for me, I need improvements on Organize and Manage Your Schedule.

    Fan R @TeddyOutReady

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  14. Make sure your mate is helping out too. Often they don't and that makes it even more difficult. He comes home and sit in his chair and watches television and you're doing a million things. I've been there and done this one. Not fun.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  15. As a work at home mother, I need to work of managing my schedule a little better. Wonderful tips!

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  16. Scheduling gets me . Though my mom is a housewife so I know it's a bit easy.

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  17. I'm a stayed at home mom but still need to plan and organize. These tips are really helpful to all working moms.

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  18. These are some great tips for working moms whether they work at the office or out of the home. Thanks for sharing

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  19. Oh I love this! And totally needed it. I've worked from home today for a few hours and I took Little Man with me one evening after I picked him up from daycare...

    I don't do that often but I don't want to get in the habit either!

    I love the idea of setting a special day aside... I need to work on that.

    Thanks for sharing!!

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  20. I always prepare as much as possible the night before. It's probably my biggest saving grace!

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  21. I think the hardest thing for me is finding time to spend with my significant other. I work during the day and he works at nights and it's tough because he want to sleep when he gets home. I know its important to have adult time and we really need to work harder at setting the time up for it.

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  22. These are wonderful tips. I actually just wrote an article about this too. I especially like the one - leave work at work and home at home. It's so easy to stay in that work mindset when you come home.

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  23. Those are great tips. I used to use a lot of those when I worked full time.

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  24. True. So much of multitasking.. and sometimes, all you just needed is some relaxation and a break! <3

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  25. We have to do a lot of balancing around here.

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  26. This is a great list.
    Balance is definitely good.

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  27. Nowadays moms are pressured to keep things tidy at home and to be the breadwinner. Good thing my mom has figured it out!

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  28. My mum is a housewife so I don't know about this but my aunt will be a working mum soon so I should share your post with her. I want her to be a SUPER MOM :)

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  29. This is all fantastic advice! I'm a stay-at-home mum, but will be returning to work once my youngest starts school so these tips will come in very handy x

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  30. Great tips! Nowadays everyone is running around. It's so fast paced. I stay at home but it's nuts just the same, running around getting things done. Working Moms have just as much to do but I bet they feel stressed out . Being a Mom hands down no matter working or non it is HARD!

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  31. Great tips! Doing stuff the night before is essential. Mornings always go SO much more smoothly when things are laid out and lunches are packed the night before.

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  32. Being a working mom is the HARDEST thing I have ever done. I know that I am so very blessed to be able to stay home with my girls now. Those working moms have to go to work, then come home and then take care of all the stuff us SAHM's do! Kudo's to all the working moms who hold down the fort!

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  33. It's really difficult to juggle work and time with my daughter. I'm lucky that my boss allows me to take days off when there's an important event at my daughter's school.

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  34. love love these tips rosey! working mom like me really need these tips..
    thank you so much!

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  35. Great tips! It can be so hard to manage everything and I am always looking for helpful tips.

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  36. great tips! I do a lot of prepping at night.

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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