Being a mom is one of the best feelings in the word, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re a working mom, you know how hard it can be to strike a balance between your career and your kids. It’s even harder if your baby is still an infant.
So, does it get better? Yes, if you learn and implement a few hacks.
Ready to know the secret?
It’s time to get tech in your daily life activities. Incorporating a routine with your smartphone as much as you can saves precious time while keeping your organized.
Some of the apps that can ease your pressure include:
A busy mommy’s calendar and to-do-list is the gist of Cozi. This allows you to share all the tasks among your family members. You can also add checklists for appointments, grocery lists, reminders, etc.
With all the artwork and precious mementos kids create, enter it into Keepy to organize your files. From awards and videos to photos and drawings, it’s a great digital scrapbook for busy families.
If you’re struggling with financial management, Mint will help you track your expenditure. In return, you can start saving and direct some money in investments.
Drop the Guilt
When you are working for the financial well-being of your family, it can lead to so much guilt. It means that you won’t be able to attend all the football games, the band concerts, or swimming meets. It can easily make you feel like you’re not showing up enough for your child. We get it!
But, when did feeling guilty ever help? Never.
So, instead, find a balance and accept there are some things you might not be able to do. Use the 80/20 rule in balancing work and your kid’s activities to find a healthy compromise.
For example, as a full-time single working mom, you might not have enough hours to volunteer as a class mom. But you can talk with the moms in charge and help them on a few occasions.
Also, look around; not every mommy makes it to all their kid’s baseball games. Whether they’re at home with younger kids, at work, or taking a break, most parents aren’t in attendance 100% of the time. It’s okay to miss a few games.
Similarly, not everyone shows up for all the work dinners. It’s okay to decline some coworker gatherings and stay at home with your kids.
Find Some ‘Me’ Time
Many working women forget about themselves when they have kids. Don’t fall into the same trap! Even if you’re a 100% workaholic, getting some free time allows you to recharge and be a good mother and employee.
Have a quiet relaxing shower, read your favorite book, watch a series, or treat yourself to a spa day. All these are great stress busters for working moms.
Being a working mom can be challenging, and finding a balance between work and family is, too. We hope these tips will make it easier for you.
We also hope they remind you that you’re a great mom, and you’re doing so great juggling your career and parenting.
Share other smart hacks you use as a working mom and empower other working moms.
Written by Carolyn Landis
Carolyn is a mother of two sets of twins and CEO of her interior design company. Although she loves being a mother more than anything else in the world, owning her own business has always been her dream. She has learned how to balance the two, and she’s now helping other moms do the same through blogging and coaching classes.