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Helping Working Moms Balance Home and Work

Finding the Right Balance

The pandemic caused working moms to leave their jobs to stay home. Mothers were leaving the workplace prior to COVID, but the disease just made the numbers skyrocket. Daycare centers had to close and schools were closed.

Helping Working Moms Balance Home and Work

Mothers today must work in the home and outside of the home. If this mish-mash worked perfectly every time, there would be no need to discuss this topic. The reality is that working moms find it emotionally challenging to balance the two worlds.

You are needed at home but you need to work. Finding the right solution isn’t a simple choice. You have decisions to make from the most important, like knowing when to take your child to the doctor, to the easy, such as finding the best bathroom faucets when the one in your home breaks. Finding the right faucet can be a walk in the park. By identifying the type and style of sink you have, you have the foundation to pick out the perfect bathroom faucet. Knowing when to take your child to the doctor is another matter. These are just a few of the decisions a mother has to make for her home and family.

In other words, finding the balance of taking care of things at home, raising a family, and working at a career will be different for each mother. The consensus found by moms seems to depend on factors that include asking for help, scheduling, or carefully managing your time and learning to be flexible.

In trying to balance their life, moms need some life tips. This includes finding the right support, taking time for yourself, and reminding yourself that no one is perfect, not even mom. Allow yourself the ability to fail sometimes and to follow some simple tips like the following:

  • Accept imperfections
  • Self-love
  • Schedule each day as much as possible
  • Separate work and home

What Does Help Look Like?

Moms will always be moms. They believe that they have to do it all. It is important to remember that you also deserve to be a priority. There is no shame to ask for help, even from your significant other. Psychologists say that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Asking for help means that you understand what you need to keep yourself and your home running as smoothly as possible. If you feel stressed out each day, this is a sign that you could use more help.

If you have school-age kids, then find someone or a partnership with other moms to drop off the kids and to pick them up. If there is a senior citizen family member with a driver’s license, they would probably be happy to look after the kids. You will never know unless you ask for help!

For example, moms, dads, and children can all pitch in for specific chores around the house. You can also cook large meals that can be frozen for another day without cooking from scratch. Just find short-cuts and help that will make you feel more confident in working outside the home as well as working around the house as a stay-at-home mom.

Separate Work and Home

This is an important topic that bears some discussion. Moms may need to talk to their employers about quality time that should not extend to their home life. Moms should not bring a load of work home that makes them divide their time between work and home. This of course assumes that mom is working out of the house.

Modern moms are working in their homes. To separate work and home means to set boundaries for yourself and the family, if possible. Moms should identify a room in the home that will serve as her office. The boundary lines include not interrupting mom when she is in her home office.

A mom’s duty is to set aside specific work times. When those times are up, come out from your home office and start mommy duties. Ideally, time with family should be planned. Then stop working and spend more quality time with the husband and children.

All Hands On Deck

COVID opened the eyes and pockets of employers. Female workers were an invaluable asset to large companies with mothers holding many key management positions. Today, there is hope emanating from employers.

Companies are making changes to help female employees. They are offering flexible hours, providing childcare benefits, providing job-sharing, and part-time shifts. The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows parents to receive paid leave for up to three months.

To help working moms balance all they have to do at home with the possibility of hiring help to get it all completed is more a triathlon than a sprint. As a key member of any household, moms need help from the community of family members, employers, neighbors, and government.

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