How Busy Moms Can Balance Family And Work




Busy moms are tough. Being responsible for taking care of the family while committed to working full time are two difficult tasks that these moms must take on. It can be daunting and thankless, plus the fact that they are often perceived as not completely present as a mother and as an employee as well. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Fortunately, many moms who juggle with their career and family have successfully found the balance that works for everyone. These are the empowered moms that have found a place in the successful world of business and family life. And these tips below are a collection of what they have been doing to help you make work and family life easier and happier for you too.


Communicate Openly With Your Boss

If you want to make sure that you remain a productive worker while being a great mom, there should be open communication between you and your boss. Moms are usually the chief parent, particularly when the kids don’t feel well, or they have a checkup with their doctor. She is typically responsible for picking them up from school just right after they are done with work. This is why busy moms require more space and flexibility in their schedules. The essential thing to do is to communicate your family needs to your boss and suggest ways in which you can continue doing your job as best you can.

Empowered moms have never used their kids to slack off from work, and you won’t too. Let’s hope your boss will be considerate and admire your transparency and commitment to your job and your family.


Minimize Distractions

For the working mom, time is gold. When you are at work, be aware of the time that you spend talking with your co-employees and ask yourself if it’s contributing positively to your productivity. Don’t take long lunch breaks and don’t take too much time surfing online. When you’re at home, on the other hand, commit to spending quality time with your spouse and children instead of talking on the phone or watching television on your own. Make sure your counted hours at home are meaningful.

Rekindle Your Bond With Your Spouse

The secret to living happily at home begins with a harmonious marriage. Prioritize your relationship with your partner because it does have a tremendous impact on the rest of the aspects of your life. If it is possible, hire a nanny or once a week so that you can have a date with your partner, doing the things that you haven’t been able to do since you got married or you had a family. Plan new activities together, like hiking, joining a painting class, or other exciting or unique things to do. Always make it a point to have a quiet and honest conversation with your spouse, especially talking about your relationship and what you can do to make it stronger.

Organize Your Schedule By Utilizing Calendars And Lists

The mental stress that busy moms take on is an obligation that no other person can understand. If you are one of them, then you know that you are in charge of monitoring doctor’s appointments, attending parent-teacher meetings, listing birthdays, keeping track of what clothes and things the kids need, knowing what you lack pantry and fridge, and making sure the toilets never lack toilet paper, among other things.

To organize your home and work responsibilities, use your phone calendar or a notebook to list your schedule on. This will take away much of the mental stress that you are going through every single day. Google Keep and the notepad on your phones are among the most commonly used apps by busy moms.


Share The Chores With Family

The problems related to housework must not fall exclusively on the mother’s shoulders. This is an aspect that is not difficult for your spouse to help you with, particularly if you have certain tasks that only you know how to do (e.g., letting the baby sleep, breastfeeding).

If you have older kids, assign simple chores to them to learn to practice good habits at an early age and contribute something good to the family. Another great idea is to spend money on cleaning services. It may be difficult to justify spending cash on something that perhaps you can do better yourself, but if it means fulfilling your wife’s obligations, then so be it.

Don’t Expect Too Much

Because empowered busy moms want only the best, they tend to expect too much from themselves, but this only causes them more stress and anxiety. They worry if they are not able to cook homemade food every day or keep the house spic and span while keeping up with being the top employee of the month. But you don’t have to have high expectations for yourself all the time.

If you don’t expect too much, you will realize that there are many things that you can get rid of that have only been causing you unnecessary stress. You don’t need to keep your house spotless every time, especially if your guests have kids themselves. For your daily meals, you can steam or put your chicken or pork in the deep fryer instead of baking them. Do the special recipes during the weekends when you have more time to relax and no deadlines to meet. When you’re super busy, it’s totally fine to heat the leftovers once in a while.


The Best At Work And At Home

So can a busy mom be the mom and employee at the same time? Absolutely. It may not be exactly what you planned it to be, but don’t fret. Acknowledge and appreciate all the beautiful things that you do and have, and take family life and work life a day at a time.



Why Taking Initiative Is Ideal For Positive Mental Health


Some people have been told that they need to blend in if they want to get by in life. “The ones who came before you already knew how to live in this moment. All you need to do is follow their lead. You will be better for it,” they said.

I used to be a part of the same herd that listened to those individuals. I never had to make difficult decisions from childhood because my parents always decided for me. I believed that doing everything they told me would never lead me astray.

However, I woke up one day and realized that I was living their dream, not mine. People lived through me in some ways that I never realized, and it happened because I allowed it.

This revelation would have consumed my mental health and left me stuck in my head forever, if not for the little voice that told me to start taking the initiative. After all, it could do the following:


It Keeps Know-It-Alls From Running – And Ruining – Your Life

There are so many Mr. and Ms. Know-It-Alls in the world for starters, and they always prey on weak-minded individuals. They have made it their ultimate purpose to tell you everything you should do with your life. If you don’t, and your actions fail, it is easy for them to say, “I told you that my methods are better. You’re a fool for not heeding my advice.”

The reality is that being around such people can be genuinely smothering. They think they are more superior than you, and you may often need to walk on eggshells, even at your own place, to gain their approval.

In case you feel sick of following that routine, you must take the initiative to run your life by yourself. So what if you experience failures because of your decisions? Everybody makes mistakes – even know-it-alls. Not knowing what it feels like to fail may even be detrimental to your mental health.


It Shows That You Know What You Want And How To Get It

There is a thin yet definite line that separates leaders from followers. When a follower wants something, they usually stick to the leader and ask for their guidance or help to achieve it. But when a leader wants something, they go straight for the goal without waiting for anyone to show them how it’s done. Thus, leaders tend to succeed faster than followers.

Is it possible for followers to become leaders someday, you may ask?

Well, of course! Most – if not all – leaders started by following someone more successful than them. They merely managed to level up when they found the courage to change their fate and create a path for themselves. If you can do that, your future will undoubtedly be sweet.


It Feels Great To Know That You Have Accomplished Something On Your Own

I will always believe that “no man is an island.” We are nothing without our friends and family. In truth, even our foes help to shape our mindset and course of action. Despite that, it still feels incredible to know that you are capable of accomplishing whatever you put your mind into if no one else can help you.

For instance, my entire family had been saying that I ought to be a doctor because I was smart. I followed their advice for a while and got into med school, but then I realized that painting was my passion. Since my parents refused to help me unless I finished my degree – the one that no longer suited my dreams – I dropped out and moved out to start painting and looking for art galleries to curate my artworks. I suffered a lot from this decision financially, but if I didn’t take the initiative to realize my life goals, I would still be stuck in the med school.


It Makes You Independent, And That’s Admirable

Independence is another sign that you have positive mental health. After all, if you always need someone to tell you what to do and how you must do it, it probably means that you have low self-confidence. You don’t feel smart or wise enough to try something and think that another person should run your life for you.

But try to become independent for once, and you’ll see that the world is not as scary as you have once thought. Say, if you want to shop for new clothes, do it without waiting for your mother or friend to tell you that it’s okay. In case there is a vacancy for a higher position at work, apply for the job without needing to ask your colleagues for advice.

If you fail, that’s okay. Not taking the initiative is more awful than that.

Final Thoughts

Considering you have never taken the reins of your own life, suck up and do it now. You cannot depend on others to do it for you forever. That’s unhealthy, and perhaps even you know it.