It is never easy being a working mum and it can be especially hard if you have young children. These days, working mothers often find that they have even less time for themselves than they did many years ago due to both working and also taking care of the children. There are some things you can do to make sure that your days as a working mother are spent doing things that are conducive to having a good time with your family. Here are a few ideas:
o Plan out how much you are going to spend on childcare each week. If you are lucky enough to have a partner who works and leaves enough money for both of you to go out and have some fun together, then this is a good idea. But if either parent is the breadwinner then chances are that you will need to spend more money on your child’s care. So, either way, working mums should plan their working hours around their child’s needs rather than their own.
o Set aside time during the week where you can just relax and be alone with your children. One of the main advantages of being a working mum is that you are able to spend time with your children, but at the same time you have to be practical. So spend time doing things with your daughter that allow you both to bond and spend time with each other. Reading books together, spending quality time watching television together, or simply sitting on the sofa and talking to each other – these are all things that will help you relax and enjoy your time as a working mum.
o Always make sure that your children eat well and get enough sleep at night. Even working mothers can sometimes find it hard to get their kids to go to bed when they are tired or hungry. This may actually result in your child waking up much earlier than they should, which can result in them not being able to sleep properly. So, as a working mum, you really need to make sure that you take your time getting them into the right frame of mind to fall asleep and that they eat a good healthy diet before going to bed. If you don’t, you could potentially lead your child to become overweight or obese, something that can seriously affect your health in the long run.
o Try to get your family to settle into their working home sooner rather than later. Children tend to feel uncomfortable if they are in a strange environment for longer than two weeks. If you are trying to shift your working schedule around to suit your children’s needs, you can do this by staying in the same house as your family. You can also move from home to home more easily this way.
So there you have it. Some very useful working mum advice. You now know what to do and what not to do when you are a working mum. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy your new lifestyle as much as you did before. Just remember to keep on top of things so that you do not find yourself feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.