Today, not all mothers have the option of staying at home to raise their children. Whether they are single or married, there are financial considerations that necessitate working outside the home. Even for those who have the choice, many opt to pursue a career or other job opportunity. In the end, I believe women should have it all—enjoying motherhood and careers in order to experience life to its fullest.
To support working mothers, here are three tips that will make life easier and more rewarding.
- Be organized. Know what you have to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to run your home. Have your contingency plans written and share them with others, whether it is your spouse, your parents, siblings or friends. Keep shopping lists, to-do’s and appointments close by and convenient. If you do not have to store everything in your head, you can relax more.
- Delegate. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Get help. Share responsibilities with others, including your children and your spouse. Give up control of some aspect of managing the household, whether it’s chores, extracurricular activities, managing finances or other routine functions. You’d be surprised how one play-date can free you from having to entertain and care for children, even if it’s just for a few hours.
- Abandon the perfectionist’s script. You can’t be perfect at work or at home, so don’t expect it. Set aside some time every day for yourself, even if it’s 30 minutes. Deep breath, meditate, do yoga. You will be better equipped to address life’s daily challenges if you are patient and accepting with yourself and your family.