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The Balancing Act: How to Balance Work and Family as a Working Mum11 min read

As a working mum, you know the balancing act all too well.

You are constantly trying to juggle work and family responsibilities, and it can be tough to find the right balance. 

On one hand, you want to be committed to your job and provide for your family. But on the other hand, you don’t want to miss out on important moments with your children. 

It can be a difficult juggling act, but balancing work and family as a working mum is possible.

Here are wonderful 15 tips that can help!

Tip 1: You’ll experience Mum guilt

As a working mum, you’re bound to experience mum guilt at some point or even every day. It’s normal. 

I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend more time with their kids? 

But life doesn’t hand you things on a silver platter, so you’ll have to get out there and hustle. 

So, whenever mum guilt pops up, remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can to provide your kids with a better life, and that’s all anyone can ask for.

And even if you don’t need the paycheck as much (maybe your partner makes a ton of money, or you have other sources of income), you’ll still feel guilty for leaving your child and focusing on your career.

But just because you’re a mum doesn’t mean you should put your career on the back burner. No! Go out there and be a boss, babe!

So, how do you get rid of the guilt?

Easy. Set aside time for family activities with zero distractions. Not only will you get to spend quality time with your kids, but it’s also a great way to unplug. Maybe you could read bedtime stories or eat dinner as a family. 

Tip 2: Find a babysitter or childcare service you trust

One of the best hacks to survive being a working mum is finding a trustworthy babysitter or childcare service. Leaving your kids is hard already, and the last thing you need on your mind is being worried if your children are being well taken care of.

Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for referrals, and always do your research before hiring someone. Make sure the service or babysitter you choose has a good reputation and is licensed and insured.

Tip 3: Use your time wisely at work

We all know how juicy work gossip can be? But those 20 mins of unnecessary conversations at work pile up and eat into the time you could be doing something constructive. 

Before you know it, you have to stay at work late to catch up with unfinished projects, which means limited time with your family when you get home. 

So, use your time wisely at work by being productive and staying focused. Put away your phone, resist the urge to chat with your colleagues, and get down to business. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in a day if you stick to a schedule and stay focused.

Tip 4: Meal plan and prep

Being a working mum is hard enough, but trying to survive without meal prepping is just asking for trouble. Meal prepping is essential for any working mum who wants to balance work and family. Not only does it save time, but it also ensures that you have healthy and nutritious meals on hand at all times. 

And let’s be honest, when you’re dealing with a demanding job and small children, the last thing you want to do is cook dinner from scratch every night. So if you’re looking to simplify your life as a working mum, make sure to add meal prepping to your weekly routine!

Tip 5: Share the housework with your partner

After a long day at work, coming home to a sink full of dirty dishes and a massive pile of dirty laundry can make you feel like you’re about to crumble under the weight of it all. 

The good news is that sharing housework with your husband is one of the best ways to survive as a working mum. Not only does it take some of the pressure off of you, but it also helps to create a more balanced family life. 

When both parents are involved in taking care of the home, it gives you more time to focus on your careers and your relationship with your children. In addition, sharing housework can also be a fun way to bond with your husband and create a stronger relationship.

So if you’re looking for ways to thrive as a working mum, don’t be afraid to delegate some house chores to your partner.

Tip 6: Begin your morning routine the night before

The key to balancing work and motherhood is making your day as seamless as possible by preparing your morning routine the night before. The less chaos you have to deal with in the morning, the better for everyone.

If you’re dropping your child off at daycare before work, ensure you pack their snacks and have their clothes laid out the night before. Iron your work outfit at night so that you don’t waste precious time in the morning trying to decide whether to wear the plaid skirt or the burgundy trousers.

Tip 7: Know your limits

As a working mum, it’s easy to try and do as much as possible in a day. And often, it feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day to balance work and family.

But you know what? To be fully present for your family and work, you’ll have to accept that you can’t do everything. Some projects will have to go unfinished, and you can work on them later. You’ll have to turn down extra work assignments to make it home for dinner with the kids.

Some days you’ll have to cancel playdates and say no to invitations because you feel bogged down and need time to relax. You can find a healthy balance between work and family when you know your limits. 

Tip 8: Stay off your devices at home

Let’s be honest. When you get home after a long day at work, do you dive deep into social media as a way to unwind? 

Is that a yes? I do it sometimes, and I don’t judge. But it’s important that you put your phone away and concentrate on your child and family. 

The hard truth about being a working mum is that you might be too exhausted to play with your child after a tough day at work. I bet you probably prefer to lounge on the couch with your favorite beverage in hand and finally watch a movie you’ve been putting off for ages.

But we all know that’s not a reality, especially if you’d love to spend time with your kids after work. The good thing is that there are a few interesting ways you can spend time with your child even when you’re beat.

You can read them a bedtime story or simply ask about their day. It will make them feel loved and important. And that’s really what counts, isn’t it?

Tip 9: Have a special family day

To ensure your family gets quality time with you, set aside a day when you can have fun activities with your kids. You can go to the park, play board games, try out new recipes, or even attend a swimming class.

It’s best to pick an activity your children love that doesn’t involve being in front of a screen for hours. Plus, getting outside with the family is a great way to unwind and ease your mind.

Tip 10: Put boundaries in place

Imagine being busy at work, rushing to finish an important task, only to receive a phone call from your partner or babysitter asking you, “Where did you put it the ketchup?”

How would you feel?

I bet you’d probably be frustrated, right? 

Now imagine that happening several times every day. You’d never get anything done! It’s crucial you put boundaries in place to be more productive when you’re at work.

This may mean turning your phone off during certain hours or not checking it at all. Or better yet, you may ask the babysitter not to call you at work unless it’s an emergency. Whatever it is, make sure you put some boundaries in place so you can focus on your work.

Tip 11: Get organized

This one goes hand in hand with putting boundaries in place. If you’re more organized, you won’t need to worry about answering phone calls or emails during work hours.

You can do this by creating a to-do list for the day or even setting time limits for each task. This will help you stay focused and on track. 

Tip 12: Some days balance will be an illusion

The goal of every working mother is to find the perfect balance between work and family. Unfortunately, there are days your work will suffer because of a family emergency, or your family will see you less because of a work emergency.

Instead of beating yourself about it, it’s best to accept it and move it. Think of it as the ebbs and flows of life. Some things will be beyond your control, and the best thing you can do is strive to create a work-life harmony instead of the perfect balance.

Tip 13: Find ways to reconnect with your partner

The reality of being a full-time working mum is limited time with your kids and partner. Sucks, huh! It can be hard to find time for your partner when you’re both working. 

But it’s important to make time for each other, even if it means staying up a bit after the kids go to bed to catch up.

You can also try having a date night once a week or even go for a walk together—anything to help you reconnect with your partner.

Tip 14: Have low expectations

Most people want a clean, organized house (I’m most people!) But realistically, maintaining a tidy home 24/7, with kids around, isn’t that easy.

And so it’s easy to get frustrated when your house doesn’t look as clean as you’d love to be. Welcome to parenting! So, before you get upset because your house is a mess, remind yourself that’s it okay for your home to be a bit messy at times.

As a mum, you have your hands full pretty much all the time, and as a working mum, getting time to keep your house spotless 24/7 might not be as simple as you think. 

The best way to try to keep your house tidy is to clean on the go, train your kids to clean up after themselves, and accept that your house will not be picture-perfect all the time. You’ll get rid of unwarranted stress and find joy in being home with your kids by lowering your expectations.

Tip 15: Recruit the kids as your helpers

One of the best ways to strike a balance between work and family is to train your kids to help around the house. You can take some of the pressure off yourself by teaching them how to do simple tasks like folding the laundry, picking their toys up, making their bed etc. 

Additionally, it’s a great way to bond with your kids and teach them important life skills. So if you’re a working mum, don’t be afraid to enlist your kids as helpers. It will make your life a lot easier in the long run.

Bonus Point: Have me-time

Everyone deserves to have quality “me time” to unwind and reset their mind and body. And as a working mum, it’s not only a nice treat but an essential one at that. You have to take care of yourself.

And you know that? You don’t have to do anything fancy or complicated, like go to a spa or have a royal bath. Nope! You can sleep in on Sunday, go out to lunch with your friends, read a book, go out for a run or even lay in bed and watch a movie.

Whatever tickles your fancy! Make sure you take care of yourself before you step into full mom-mode.

The Life of a Working Mum: 15 Tips to Help You Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

The whole concept of being a working mum is an entire juggling act. That doesn’t mean it’s quite to be perfect or seamless. There are going to be several hiccups here and there.

But the important thing is that with a bit of organization and boundaries in place, you can succeed at work and still get to have quality time with your family.

I’d love to know how you make it work as a working mum.

What have you struggled with the most?

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Head over there and have a read. Trust me. I have you sorted over there, from navigating friendships with child-free friends after giving birth to tips on raising an emotionally intelligent child.

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