With more and more mums going back to work, it is estimated that around 4 out of 10 households have working mums. This doesn’t come without its difficulties, as many mums are struggling to achieve the coveted work-life balance. Here at CV-Library, we’ve got ten of the best ways to get back on track.
Let go of the guilt
While it can be hard to know that you’re at work and missing out on being with your child, it’s better to try and reframe this in a positive light. By thinking of the benefits that you working will bring to your child, you might find that the guilt starts to ease up. There’s no denying that it can be difficult, but you should remember why you’re doing it.
Find quality childcare
When you’re a working parent, finding quality childcare is vital. Whether this is through leaning on family and friends, hiring a nanny or taking your child to preschool, knowing that your child is in safe hands while you’re at work should help you to feel more relaxed.
Organise the night before
Before bed time, ensure that everything is organised for the next day; lay out any clothes or school uniforms, pack any bags and prepare any lunches. This gives you more time in the morning with your family, instead of rushing around frazzled because you’ve left things till the last minute!
Create a family calendar
A family calendar, along with a to-do list, is the perfect way of keeping on top of your family life and working life. By knowing who needs to be where, and when, things should flow a lot more smoothly, meaning you don’t need to be at work worrying about who’s going to pick the kids up.
Talk to your employer
Talk to your boss or HR department if you’re having concerns about your work/life balance. They may be able to offer your flexible working hours so that you can spend more time with your family, or they may allow you to use your phone during working hours to stay in touch.
Stay connected during the day
The benefit of technology means that we can stay connected 24/7. Calling your partner / children during a break is a great way for them to know that you are thinking of them. If you have to miss an event like a play or a concert, ensure that someone records it for you, or even FaceTime /Skypes you, so you can stay in the loop.
Create special family activities
Plan special family bonding activities for you all to do together when you’re off work. Doing things as a family such as going for a walk together or sitting down to eat as one can help everyone to stay close and connected. As special treats, why not plan a special day out?
Spend time with your partner
Make sure to spend quality time with your partner; once you’ve put your children to bed, put your phone away too and connect with your other half. No checking emails or taking work calls unless it’s totally necessary!
Fit in ‘me’ time
The quest for a healthy work/life balance can leave even the most resilient of people feeling exhausted. Allowing yourself some ‘me’ time to just tune out and relax with a book, bath, or anything that chills you out is a great way to make sure you’re getting the balance right.
Lower your expectations
Learn to accept that much of what you see other working mums post on the internet is a lie! There is absolutely no need to be perfect, and the more you strive for this, the more likely you are to feel unbalanced and out of sync. By lowering your expectations and just going with the flow, you’ll likely find yourself a lot more relaxed about being a working mum.