BALANCING KIDS AND CAREER
At the Y, we know that moms of today must make choices that generations of moms never had to make. According to the bureau of Labor and Statistics, for over 60% of households with two parents, both parents work outside of the home to support the family. Here are some suggestions to help, once the decision is made.
Let Go of the Guilt
Think of the benefits from your role as working mother. Perhaps you can afford certain classes & activities or a college savings.
Find Quality Child Care
Collect references from friends and family. Create a list of important criteria then interview qualified child care providers or tour local day-cares.
Make the Mornings Easier
Get organized the night before. Pack lunches, choose clothes, decide breakfast, repack the diaper bag and backpacks, have your keys and purse by the door.
Keep a Family Calendar
Figure out your family’s priorities. List school and family events, extracurricular activities, chores, birthdays and more.
Stay Connected During the Day
Consider recording yourself talking or singing on a video or reading along to a children’s recordable storybook. Give them pictures of yourself.
Set time limits when checking email or making phone calls, things you can do when the kids are sleeping. Reduce TV watching. Focus on tasks while at work.
Create Special Family Activities
Have a family breakfast or family night with board games or movies. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you do it together.
Spend Time with Your Partner
Plan monthly date nights to feel rejuvenated and enjoy each other’s company. Cook an elegant meal together or have a glass of wine and talk about things other than the kids.
Create Moments for Yourself
By managing your time, you can take a refreshing break and recharge. The more relaxed you feel, the better parenting you can do. Lose yourself in a book before you go to sleep, take a bubble bath once a week or treat yourself to a spa day. Fit in time for exercise (like a yoga class) or focus on a hobby. Remember to get enough rest!
Resource located at: http://www.parents.com/parenting/work/life-balance/moms-balance-work-family/
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