It is never easy being a mum and also trying to juggle a full-time job. On the 8th of March it is International Womens Day and so here at KUB we are celebrating how women can really have it all!
Here are our top tips on how you can reach an ideal work-life balance.
- Don’t feel guilty
When you are at work don’t dwell on how you are not with your child. Instead try to think about how your role in the company is benefitting the family financially and try to focus on things that you enjoy about your career. There will be good and bad days, but remembering why you are at work will hopefully alleviate any feelings of guilt.
- Find Good Childcare
One thing that will help you feel a lot more comfortable about having to go work is finding quality childcare that you trust 100%. Some parents feel most at home with their children being looked after by another family member such as grandparents but if that is not possible ask your friends and family for references to nannies, babysitters and nurseries. If you are looking to hire a nanny look for ones with a history of long-term commitments to families and make sure you ask all the questions you have. If you are looking to book your child into a day-care or crèche, look for a facility with a low teacher-to-student ratio, outdoor space, up to date licenses and CRB checked employees.
- Your Work Goals Might Change
After having children, be prepared to change your mind about your work goals. It is completely okay to not want to chase that next promotion right away or at all, now that your priorities may have changed. Some women choose to go part-time to spend more time with their families whilst others still cherish a full-time career. The important thing is to remember that what is right for another woman may not be right for you and vice versa.
- Take the stress out of Mornings
Avoid starting the day feeling stressed out by getting organised the night before. You can do everything from packing the kids' lunches, laying out yours and their clothes, and deciding what to make for breakfast the night before! These simple tasks as well as putting your bags by the door can shave off valuable moments in the mornings and help you feel calm before going to work.
- Organise a Family Calendar
Why not make a calendar for everyone in the family’s events? It can include dates when bills are due, nursery or school events and birthdays and family events! You could set aside 10 minutes at the end of each Sunday to prepare for the upcoming week's schedule. A family calendar is crucial for maintaining a stress free home environment and allowing you to spend quality time with your children especially as they grow older and have their own ever-expanding social calendar!
- Have Special Family Activities
It is important to always make time for your whole family and if you are very busy, or if you have older kids, it may be a good idea to schedule in this time so that you get to spend quality time with everyone. It doesn’t even need to be a big event. If you have older children, why not just have an extra-special family meal or a family night with board games. If your children are younger why not set aside time to have a relaxing evening reading with them, bathing them and putting them to bed. During this time make sure that you avoid talking about work or checking your phone and instead focus on your kids' interests.
The biggest trick to balancing your life as a mother and your career is to try and remain calm. Everything always works out even if it is not the way you want it to, it always does. If you are feeling stressed out make sure that you take time out for yourself and talk to your friends and family. Don’t try to meet unrealistic goals and remember that you can only do so much!