Working mothers have a tough time juggling work and family life responsibilities. They are often pulled in different directions, balancing their personal and professional lives. It’s not easy for any woman to maintain a healthy lifestyle while successful in her career, but it can be even harder for working moms who also have children.
Working is not a choice for some mothers — it’s a necessity. To provide for their families, they have to work, no matter the cost. And while most mothers would love to stay at home and take care of their children full-time, that’s not always possible. Many challenges working mothers face daily.
However, there are ways to survive well, and attend to your kids, too.
Don’t Feel Guilty
The first step is to let go of the guilt. Many working mothers feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children. They worry that they’re missing out on important milestones in their kids’ lives. It’s important to remember that you are doing what you need to do to provide for your family. So, please don’t beat yourself up about it. Feeling overwhelmed and guilty is not going to do anyone any good.
Most workplaces offer six months to a year of maternity leave, but it’s back to work after that. You may have to be back at work before you are emotionally ready. It can be hard to leave your baby at daycare or with a babysitter, but you have to do what’s best for your family. And sometimes, that means working from home as well.
Negotiate for Flexibility
If you can, try to negotiate for some flexible work arrangements. Many employers are now offering more flexible work options, such as telecommuting, compressed workweeks, and relaxed start and end times. Working from home a few days a week can be a lifesaver if you can swing it. It’s essential to have that time to focus on work without worrying about getting the kids ready for school or making dinner.
But, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. The worst thing your boss can say is no. And, if you have a good rapport with them, they may be more likely to say yes.
It’s also essential to find balance in your life. Make time for yourself and your partner. Get a babysitter or ask a friend or family member to watch the kids so that you can have some time to yourself. Go out for lunch, take a yoga class, or read a book. Spending time on yourself will help you be a better mother and employee. You have to take good care of your health. There will be times when you have to rush to a dental chamber, leaving your child with a maid. These things may occur no matter how hard you try to avoid them.
It’s also essential to have time for your partner. Make sure to schedule date nights, or even some time alone together, without the kids. You need to nurture your relationship so it doesn’t suffer due to the demands of parenting. You have to balance it all.
Build Equality at Home
It’s essential to have a supportive partner who is willing to help with the day-to-day responsibilities of parenting. If you’re both working full-time, then you should both be pitching in when it comes to taking care of the kids and the house. It shouldn’t be all on you. And, if your partner is not helping out as much as you would like, don’t be afraid to speak up. It’s essential for both of you to feel like you are contributing equally to the family.
It’s not easy being a working mother. But, it is possible to juggle work and family responsibilities. It’s all about finding balance and building a support system. With the right mindset and a little help from your friends and family, you can do it!
Ask for Policy Change
If you feel like your workplace does not support working mothers, speak up. Talk to your boss or HR department about changing policies that would help make things easier for you. For example, if your company doesn’t offer flexible work arrangements, see if there’s a way they can change that. Or, if there’s no maternity leave policy, suggest they create one.
It may be challenging to get your employer to change their policies, but it’s worth a try. You are not alone in this struggle, and there are many other working mothers out there who would benefit from these types of changes.
Parenting can be challenging, whether you are a working mother or not. But, by following these tips, you can make it work. You are not alone. If others have done it, so can you.