3 Tips for Balancing Work and Family

Being a working mom can be tough, especially if you are passionate about your career. Wanting to work hard and advance in the workplace and create new financial opportunities for yourself and your family can clash with being able to spend time with young children, and it can often feel impossible to find a balance. No matter what field you work in or where you are at with your career, family is a top priority – and with these tips, you won’t feel like you have to choose.

Save Time Wherever Possible

Multi-tasking and utilizing convenient services such as grocery delivery can help maximize your spare time while still managing to accomplish work and errands that need to be done.  Schedule groceries for delivery at a time when you will be arriving home and save a trip to the store.  Schedule remote meetings or calls for work during your morning commute, if you can, which could help free up some space during the day.  The idea is to try to work smarter, not harder, so you can be fully present for your family once back home, knowing you accomplished the priorities on your to do list for the day, both personally and professionally.

Put Your Mind at Ease With Trusted Childcare

Finding the right care for your child while you are at work is one of the toughest jobs.  Even when you find someone to watch your little one, until they fully prove themselves and you grow comfortable with them, you may not be able to stay focused on work.  Find a reliable nanny or babysitter with experience to ensure your child has one on one care, ideally in your own  home, so that they can be in familiar surroundings. This will allow you to put your mind at ease, knowing your child is happy and safe, so you can carry on with your workday. 

Communicate With Your Employer

Being a busy mom, you will likely face unique challenges in comparison to coworkers who do not have children. Maintain communication with your boss and be clear about your needs both in and out of the workplace – whether you need training from the Health & Safety Institute to make your office a better place or need more PTO to spend time with your young child, communicating with your boss is the best way to get what you need without making any compromises.

It is possible to ultimately have a balance between work and home life as a working mom, and finding that balance can be extremely rewarding.  It’s worth the time and effort to put steps in place that work for your family over the years.