New Mom Guide: How to Balance Work and Family
In this time and age of gender equality, there are more women in the workforce than ever before. Most of these working women are mothers as well and being a working woman and a mother at the same time is not at all an easy task to do!
A full-time working mother will mostly feel stressed or guilty because she always thinks that her attention is often divided between her family and her full-time job. The secret to maintaining a healthy balance between the two is to find a middle way between motherhood and profession by coming up with a plan and staying organized.
Here, I have listed the top 5 ways to help a full-time working mother reach an ideal work-family balance.
- Dwell on the positive side
Are you always worrying about your absence in the home while sitting at your office desk? Then consider thinking about how your full-time office job is helping your financial needs, daily expenditures and your baby. You will be able to afford high-quality baby care products and advanced educational opportunities for your child in the future. When you think about the positive impacts of your job, you will be more efficient both in your profession and your family life.
- Get the best childcare
Get in touch with your friends who are also parents to give some references for babysitters, daycare facilities and nannies. List down all your requirements and then zero down on the options to choose the best one that suits your working hours and needs. It is worth mentioning that daycare facilities and nannies with a history of long-term commitment often prove to be more adaptable and dedicated. They can effortlessly handle your newborns and elder children who might need some help with their homework. Take a note to check the license of your selected caretaker and make sure that they have completed a background check.
- Prepare a family calendar
Pay heed to all the priorities in your family. Note down all the monthly bills along with the dates when they are due, important school events plus functions, birthdays, and must shop things etc. This way you will become a pro at handling important day-to-day tasks. Staying organized and pre-planning will help you win both the worlds: your career and your family life. If it is difficult to plan for the whole month, then consider planning on a weekly basis. Take some time on Sundays to plan for the coming week. After five to six weeks you will get used to such planning and then you can easily step up to monthly planning. If you are looking for the best calendar app then consider using Google calendars as they can be easily shared between different devices and you can get access to them in your office, your home or even in the go.
- Spend quality time with your partner
Your partner will always be there for you no matter what is the situation. Your partner will be the first to get neglected while you are juggling your two full-time responsibilities: your job and caring for your baby. It is important to spend some time together to cherish all the good things in life, enjoy each other’s company and rejuvenate yourself. Plan a once-in-a-month special date. It doesn’t need to be in an expensive restaurant, you can plan one in your own home as well. A quick search on the internet will give you ‘n’ number of options to make the day special for your partner.
- Avoid the distractions
Make ‘living in the moment’ your mantra. For example, if you are out in the park with your kids then avoid checking emails and messages as soon as they pop-up on your screen. You can always check such notifications when your kids are sleeping. Similarly, when you are in the office, avoid multitasking and wasting your time. You can never be productive while exchanging emails, casual Internet surfing and gossiping all at the same time.
That’s it for now supermoms! Let me know your tips on how you are maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
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