5 Ways to Make Life Easier as A Working Mom
If you are a working mom, your day to day life is most probably a precise and methodical juggling act. While both working and bringing up children can be very rewarding, it can also be hard at times – particularly if you are trying to do both.
The good news is there are things you can do to make life a bit more manageable and a little less stressful. Here are five ways to make life easier as a working mom.
The night before
If mornings are usually chaotic, try and organize what you can the night before. Have school uniforms, workwear, and shoes out and ready can transform what would usually be a fairly stressful start to the day.
Make sure homework is done and put in schoolbags and, where possible, make packed lunches in advance and store in the fridge ready for the morning. If your day starts well, the rest of it should follow suit.
Flexible working conditions
Nowadays, the pressure that working parents are under is widely recognized by employers. That is why so many companies now implement flexible working schemes such as job share or flexible working hours.
One of the most common is remote working, which allows employees to work from home (or elsewhere.) There are, of course, pros and cons of remote work, but on the whole, it can transform the life of a working mom.
If you feel you would benefit from this type of scheme, but your employer doesn’t offer any flexibility at present, speak to them, and establish whether it is something they would be open to.
Get the family involved
While your partner is probably working too, it’s important to share the load. Where possible, agree on a schedule in terms of the kids, cooking, and housework and work as a team. While you and everyone else in your home may think you are Wonder Woman, trying to do everything yourself is probably not sustainable.
Sometimes you may need to have a quiet day to yourself in order to really get ahead on that to-do list. This may only be possible if the kids are at child care. Using a service such as Toddle will enable you to find the most suitable child care in your area.
If you have older children, set them tasks such as making or clearing the table after mealtimes. They can also help with the washing up and tidying their rooms, which will free up more of your time.
Meal planning not only saves time but also helps to reduce waste. Make a list of what you intend to eat the following week and buy what you need in advance. You will also find that meal planning helps you to eat healthier and, as you will be less inclined to buy things you don’t need, could save you money on hefty grocery bills too.
Ask for help
While it may not be in your nature to ask for help, if you feel that things are becoming unmanageable or you need a break, speak to your family and friends. Grandparents usually love spending time with the kids, and friends will, more often than not, be more than happy to help you out.
Everyone needs time to recharge their batteries once in a while, so take a break when needed, and you will reap the benefits.
Featured Photo by Anastasia Shuraeva from Pexels