Tips for working moms (during the holiday and beyond)
As a working mother, it may seem impossible to keep your
two roles in balance. Once you finish your workday, it’s
time to begin another one with your children. I’ve
asked a few moms for some helpful tips of ways they manage
their time with their family. Whether you are a new mom,
or have teenagers in the house, you can always learn something!
- Pick a good day
care center for your children (even if it costs more).
“The extra money pays in the long run,” Amber
Jones, mother of three said. “My kids get sick less,
have positive attitudes and love learning and although
my hubby and I would like to take all the credit for that,
a quality day care also has a lot to do with our happy
- If you are married, or
living with your partner, let your weaknesses be his strengths
and vice versa. If you hate organizing the family
calendar and he’s meticulous down to the last detail,
by all means let him have control over that. If you stick
to your strengths and let him shine in areas where you
don’t, it will make for less stress and a happier
- Plan before you run errands.
When it’s time to go grocery shopping, pick up dry
cleaning or just run to the salon for a quick touch-up,
make sure you have.
- Be friends with other moms.
It pays to have someone who knows what it’s like
to raise children in your corner. You can share your secrets
and can learn some in the process. If you are close with
them, you can “trade” children. She can watch
your children one day, and next week you’ll watch
- Check with local churches
to see if they have marriage ministry sessions. Some churches
offer ministry for couples with children. “We have
meetings once a month on a Friday night,” Jones
said. “The ministry provides dinner and free child
care while [my husband] and I enjoy some cool ministry
event: couple massages, dance lessons, comedy, etc.”
- Schedule “Me
time.” Sounds easier said than done, right?
Not if you make it a priority. Set aside one or two hours
for you to do whatever you please, whether it’s
just reading a book, watching a movie or taking a bubble
bath. Make sure your children understand that it’s
“Mommy time” and you are not to be disturbed.
An even better idea is have your alone time at a time
where everyone is out of the house. Have your husband
or friends take the children out to a movie, and you’re
guaranteed to have at least an hour to yourself.