The past few years I have been part of the not so exclusive group of working moms. As the need for a two income family grows it is often not a question of “does mom work?” but rather “what does mom do for a living?” Of course having two parents contribute to the family income means changes for the family dynamics. So how do you balance it all.
I of course do not have it down pat but there are a few things I have come to know for sure…..
*Stay involved in school . Perhaps you can use your business savvy to create a web site or organize events. Make sure if you can to attend and help in class at least once or twice a year. It will make a small difference in your work life, and a huge difference in your family life. Not to mention the effort will go pretty far in staving off the mommy guilt.
*Avoid busy mornings! Plan ahead the night before to start your day connected and fresh.
*Make the most of evenings. If you have to leave your phone in the car and duct tape your lap top shut, than do it! Work until the evening news if you want but do it after your kids go to bed. The hour or two between home work, dinner, sports, and bed is not going to come back so don’t waste it.
*Establish routine! Kids and families run smoother and are happier when we know what is coming next.
*Get some help, you do not have to be super mom and it takes a village!
*Last but not least, and hardest for me….Take time for yourself! You are the center of this family so how well do you expect it to run if you are run down?
It ain’t easy but it’s fun, so make sure you know how important you are. Your family is going to grow and leave you, and you will only have your memories so don’t rush through them!