Walking the tightrope between work and home
No wonder working moms are often said to be juggling: they've got careers, families and social lives to balance! It's not fair to let any of your three balls drop, so maintain balance by trying a few of the following tips:
- When in Rome…: When you're at work, focus on job tasks. Don't spend time planning your daughter's birthday party or taking personal calls. If you spend work time on these, you'll have to spend your evening catching up on the work projects you detracted from earlier in the day.
- Pamper yourself: If you feel too tired to read more than three pages of a novel at bedtime, step out of the office at lunch for a short reading break in the park, or use this time to go shopping alone.
- Enjoy playtime: Spending time with your kids should be a break from chores and work. When you get home, it's not the end of the day for your kids - to them, this is the start of mommy time, and they've been waiting for it since you kissed them goodbye this morning. So sit down and play a game, it will mean the world to them.
- Family values: As much as possible, plan to sit down to dinner with your family. Schedules can conflict, but this gives everyone a chance to catch up.
- Manage your time: Keep one day planner with all of your obligations. This means work assignments, meetings with teachers, yoga class and soccer games. When things threaten to conflict, prioritize: can you bump that conference call to the next morning so you can make your daughter's dance recital?
- Be healthy: Getting a good night's sleep and eating well are important to a healthy routine, but so is exercise. Take half an hour to walk the dog with your kids. Everyone will get some exercise, you can chat with your kids, and this teaches them responsibility all at the same time.
- Delegate: Ask your partner or older children to do a load of laundry or sweep the kitchen. Everyone will have more fun if you're not the only one doing chores!