Being a mother is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your life. Having a child and nurturing their development from newborn to when they start school, right through their education, and yes you guessed it, even in their adult life will be some of the best moments of your life. However, when you are in the full routine of life, it can often feel like you have a million spinning plates and you are fighting to keep everything going. It can be relentless, and there is no point hiding from that fact. Enjoyable chaos some might call it. But, you can find that you can strike a good balance between working and your home life, and literally be the mother who has it all. Here are my three tricks of the trade to hopefully see you on the right path.
Organization and planning is key
Planning and organization are two friends that go hand in hand when it comes to motherhood. Whether you just write things in a diary, have an in-depth to do list, or plan every aspect of your routine and day, no matter what type of mother you are, there will be some planning involved to help things tick along smoothly. My advice is to plan and organize as much as you can ahead of time. That means meal planning for ease in the evening. It means looking a week ahead for birthday parties, out of school sports clubs or general appointments. Liaising with grandparents or your partner how things need to be done and when. The more you plan and organize, the easier it is to enjoy the time you do have out of the office. Meaning when you are working your attention is on that, but when you are home your full focus is the family.
Could a career change be the right move?
When you start a family, your career can often be questioned as to whether it would fit your new family dynamic. Often jobs that require late nights, lots of travel and copious amounts of stress doesn’t always work with a young family. Especially if both parents have similar jobs. Sometimes a change in your life is the kick you need to change your career. Maybe looking at jobs that might require shifts such as nursing, and online rn bsn could provide tips on how people in this sort of career balance family life. Maybe you could choose to leave your job and start a new career from home, freelancing with the skills and qualifications you already have or embarking on a dream that has been in the back of your mind for some time. It is important for you to recognize that your career can work with your family life, it just may need some tweaks or changes along the way.
Taking some time out for yourself
Finally, the last trick of the trade for getting that work and mother life balance just right is the understanding of the need for some time to yourself. Work can be stressful and children can be demanding, so having the time to recharge your own batteries means you are on form for every aspect of your life. A nice bath at the end of the day. A run in the morning before work. Whatever works for you, do it.
I hope these tricks help you get the right work and home life balance as a mother.