I, myself, am not a working mom. So I decided to turn to good ole Facebook and get some pointers from other working mamas. I loved all the comments! Even my own mama dropped a little knowledge from her 30+ years of experience as a working mama of 4 with at least 2 or more jobs at all times.
(Feel free to click the post below to see the individual comments)
WORKING MOMS: What's one survival tip you would give to a new working mom?
Here some of the advice that I got:
1. Schedule. Schedule. Schedule. This was the number one thing all of the moms could agree on. Get a schedule or routine together and stick to that if you want to keep your sanity and be productive.
Figuring out a schedule that works for you and your family may take a bit of planning in pencil, erasing, and replanning. So don’t get too frustrated if it doesn’t seem to work out at first. Just keep rearranging until you get all the pieces of your day in the right order.
Having a dry erase board or a command center on the wall might help with scheduling, as well. I’ve pinned some awesome and easy-to-do ideas for you on our Pinterest board below!
2. Plan ahead as much as you can. Get all of the outfits, lunches, dinners, everything ready at least the night before to save yourself time in the morning. Meal prepping and slow cooker or freezer meals are a life-saver. Check back with us on Friday; I will be posting something to help you with that. Because, as we all know, kids love throwing in unexpected things to keep you on your toes.
3. Take care of you. You can’t keep taking care of everyone else and not take care of yourself, too. If mama isn’t right, it will start a domino effect throughout the whole house. When you’re making your schedule, don’t forget to schedule in some mama maintenance time as well. Allow yourself that space and time to recharge so that you can be the best you. Recharging looks like something different for everyone. For one person, it may be a glass of wine, a bubble bath, and a mani-pedi. For someone else, recharging might mean a nice log jog so they can clear their head. Whatever works for you.
4. Find a caregiver for your child that you absolutely trust. The last thing you want to be doing is stressing out and worrying all day when you are at work and need to be productive.
5. Allow yourself space to not be perfect. There is so much pressure to be the perfect mom. We see all these moms on social media that seem to always have a beautifully clean house, is homeschooling their young tots amazingly, and still manage to brush their hair every day.
Please realize 99% of all that is staged and not how their everyday life looks. Do what you can and don’t beat yourself up about what you can’t.
And on that note, I’m gonna finish this post with the comment that my mom left:
“Relax and breathe by putting things in perspective. Realize that not everything is going to be, nor does it need to be, perfect. Learn to see the roses in the vase, instead of the dust on the table when your kids are young. It will keep you sane and let you enjoy the time you have with them so much more. And those times that you do feel overwhelmed by house, children, and work, give yourself permission to walk away for a few minutes and regroup. My children used to laugh about my “mommy’s quiet time”, when I would shut my door and unless you were bleeding, you could not disturb me; or I would go get in my car and go sit in a parking lot for 15 minutes, just to refresh my own mental – trust me, it works! it’s like taking a brain power nap!” -Karen
Have any other tips to share that are missing from this list?
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