Being a businesswoman in the 21st century is challenging. You’re not only forced to work hard to move up the corporate ladder or grow your business, but you also want to be a good mother and give your children the attention they need. Some days it seems impossible to accomplish both, but you can do it. Millions of women around the world have mastered being successful professionals and loving mothers. With a little organization and the right tools, you can become a master at it too.
- You can’t possibly hope to survive without being organized. Create a rock hard schedule at the beginning of every month, and stick with it. Whether you work from home or in an office, you need a schedule that will keep you moving productively throughout the week. This schedule needs to include both times for completing work as well as time meant for family.
- Don’t be afraid to take work home with you. If you haven’t finished something in the office before it’s time to get home and be with your kids, take it with you. Spend precious time with your family, discussing school, extracurricular activities, friends, and more, and do your work while the kids are doing homework or when they’ve gone to bed.
- Many companies are extremely family-oriented, and if you’re lucky to be working with that kind of company, you can probably make an arrangement with your boss to bring your kids to work with you on occasion. Don’t make it a constant thing, but bringing your child to work with you one afternoon a month really shouldn’t be a problem.
- If you’re working from home or need to bring work home with you, try designating an hour or two a day for quiet time. Your kids can sit quietly in their rooms reading a book, doing homework, or chatting with friends, but let them know there will be no television, rowdy play, or fighting. The time is good for your kids and it’s the perfect way for you to finish up your work.
- You probably love being a mom and spending as much time with your kids as possible, but remember that it’s also okay (and recommended) for you to take a little bit of time for yourself. You need some time every once in awhile to recoup the energy needed to stay productive and happy.
- Every parent has certain responsibilities such as supporting the kids, paying the bills, being involved at school, etc. But there are other responsibilities you shouldn’t feel guilty about delegating, such as household chores, giving rides (if someone else in the house can drive), making meals, and yard work. Don’t feel guilty about delegating those chores to others or even hiring help.
- You want to be there to help your kids with their homework, but sometimes that’s just not possible. However, you don’t want your kids’ grades to suffer just because you didn’t have the time to help them. You could try making extra time, or consider hiring a tutor to help pick up the slack. They might know more about your kids’ homework than you do anyway!
- Most moms don’t want their kids to grow up on pizza and fast food, which seems to be a common go-to dinner when mom is running behind at work. Instead, plan meals ahead of time to keep things fresh and healthy. Make a list of easy meals that others can make if you aren’t home or, on your day off, whip up a couple of homemade freezer meals that you can just pop in the oven when you get home.
- The most important thing you can do to stay sane as a working mom is to skip the mommy guilt trip. There is no need to compare yourself to the other moms in the neighborhood. As long as you’re supporting them, feeding them, clothing them, teaching them self-reliance, making a conscious effort spend time with them whenever they need you, and being there for the important moments, you’re doing an excellent job as a mother.
- Being with your kids is important, but dating your partner or others (if you’re single) is also important. Don’t feel guilty about hiring the occasional babysitter to watch your kids while you go out. Your kids will be fine and you need that time for yourself.
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