It’s tough being a working mom. Being committed fully to work and family is an impossible task that working moms have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless, being perceived as not fully present as an employee or a mother. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to pursue a fulfilling full-time career while taking an active role as a mother if you learn to find a balance that works for your life.
These tips will help working moms to make juggling the two sides a little bit easier.
1. Let go of the mom guilt.
Mothers are so often judged for “abandoning” their children when returning to work full-time, while fathers are expected to go to work to “provide” for the family. Why is this sexist stereotype still so present in our seemingly progressive society?
Some women don’t have the option of being a stay-at-home mom, while others choose to go back to work because they don’t want to give up their career. Whatever the reason, deciding to be a working mom is a choice that should be admired, not judged or shamed. If you are feeling guilty about not being with your child all the time, it’s time to let it go.
Focus on the positive things that your work life is contributing to your family. Be confident that you are making the best choice for your whole family, including yourself, and your child will feel the extent of your love and understand your sacrifice.
2. Use time-saving hacks.
To get the most done in the least amount of time, use shortcuts and plan strategically.