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Tips For Working Moms

I have to hand it to all the working mothers out there. Raising a family and holding down a full-time job is the hardest job in the world. I see it first hand, my daughter (lawyer) and my daughter in law (accountant) both work very hard to be the best mother, spouse, daughter and employee possible. Stress is a way of life for them, but here are a few tips that they have found helpful.

Find a great support system: Family, friends, church family, mommy groups and trusted neighbors. Don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help when needed. Surround yourself with people who love and support you and your family. Also, fathers are participating more now with sharing the duties of parenting. Now with that being said, others will never be able to replace you, so if Dad dresses the kids in miss matched clothes, remember it’s not the end of the world.

Be thankful for the help.

Have a plan A: have a plan B and have a backup flexible plan C. You never know when your nanny may get sick, daycare closes or your child gets sick and you are in the middle of closing a big deal.

Get enough sleep: It sounds simple, but not for working women with small children. Strive for at least 7 hours.

Exercise: This is a great stress reliever. Starting the day with exercise really gets the endorphins going. Even if you can’t make it to the Y for a 5:30 spin class, 20 minutes of yoga in front of the TV is invaluable.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, easier said than done. Children are interested in spending quality time with you. Cooking dinner together and talking about your day is a great way to bond. Remember it does not have to be elegant or perfect, it just needs to be from the heart and together.

Share the load: Housework can be shared with even very young children. Remember many hands make light work. This will benefit everyone, the quicker the tasks get done, the more time together. When you can, outsource same chores. Budgetary concerns are always a factor. If you can’t hire a housekeeper, consider a high school student a couple of hours a week to help around the house.

Find perspective: When you are at work you are wishing you were with the children. When you are with your children you are thinking about work. You’re not alone. Quality child care is the first step. Know your child is well cared for and safe so you can concentrate at work. Take your lunch hour to take care of you. Read a book, take a walk, spend time in your daily devotions, or do some errands that will free up some home time. When you are at home, put away the cell phone and computer and concentrate on your child, knowing you can check e-mails, social media, and messages after their bedtime.

Working moms deserve a gold medal. You are the world to your children. Leave the worries of your day at work. Hug and kiss, share stories, laugh and love each other. Before you know it, they will be grown and you’ll wonder where in the world the time went..

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