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Finding Work-Life Balance for Mothers

This guest post comes courtesy of our partner, Feed the Children, whose mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials.

Being a mom is a full-time job. If you ask any mom, they will tell you about the all-night shifts that stretch into the early morning hours, and the never-complete to-do lists. Moms serve as our teachers, drivers, counselors, negotiators, cooks, cheerleaders and all-around fixers. Undeniably, our mom forms each of us into the person we will be for the rest of our life.

However, moms also play an important part in today’s workforce. According to the Department of Labor, 40 percent of moms are the primary source of income for their households. This comes with its own set of challenges as many times jobs require time commitments outside a 9 to 5 day.

With the day-to-day tasks of running a household along with the pressures of financially supporting a family, work-life balance can seem like an elusive concept without a clear definition. There are only so many hours in the day, after all. How can a mom give her job or career the dedication it deserves, and still spend quality time with her kids? How can she juggle both work and home?

These are questions that every working mother struggles with. But everyone can agree, that their most important goal is to provide the best life possible for their children.

“My kids are so important to me that I will do whatever I can to protect them and keep them out of harm’s way. I’m trying to be the best mom I can. But I also have a lot on my mind with bills, keeping the rent paid, keeping all the utilities on – it is just hard,” said Sandi, mom of two.

Consider the following if you are struggling to create a work-life balance;

  • Set manageable goals each day. Make a “to do” list, and take care of important tasks first and eliminate unessential ones.
  • Unplug from electronics. The same technology that makes it so easy to work remotely can also burn us out if we use them at all hours of the day and night.
  • Give yourself a break. No one’s perfect! Every mom is doing the best she can.

 

For the rest of the list, view the full article on Feed the Children’s Blog here.

 


Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. Help them share their vision to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Follow Feed the Children on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.