As a working mother one of the things I struggle with is what I like to call the “Super Mom” syndrome. This means I feel it is my responsibility to do it all, work a full time job, keep the house clean, feed my family, support the children in sports, help with homework, and be a loving and caring wife. I’m sure as a mother and wife yourself you know that this is a very hard thing to do. To be it all for everyone.
It seems like this work-life balance for me is always tipping to one side. I re adjust and obtain a balance for a short period of time before it begins tipping to another side. So how do you balance your work-life as a mother?
One way I try to balance this relationship is by choosing a job that doesn’t put as many demands on me as a higher level employee. Don’t get me wrong I do a great job, but because my family and children are more important I have no desire to become a supervisor or take on added responsibilities that are going to keep me from home.
When it comes to keeping the house clean I will admit my scale begins to tip. For this reason it is important that my entire family help keep this scale balanced. My three children have chores they must do, though they sometimes have to be reminded. Teaching your children that it is there responsibility to help keep the house clean is not only a good way to balance your life but you are teaching them skills they will need when they are on their own.
I do put my children’s sports activities above many things and will leave work early or schedule trips and obligations around their practice and sports. We have learned as a family how to take our dinners on the go so we their to support each other.
My biggest balancing act is fitness, with all the other things I have on my scale fitness often tends to fall off all together. However it is always on my mind and I’m continually throwing it back on the scale trying to make it an important part of my work-life balance.
How about you? Do you work full time? How do you balance your work-life equation with your responsibilities as a mother?
I’ve noticed how women so often feel caught between their interests in family life and their creative or career aspirations. I wonder if it has to be this way. What would have to change—in your life, in people’s attitudes, or in our society—for women to have an easier time managing work-life balance? Share your answer below and like Smarter Life Better Planet on Facebook to be entered to win a Haier microwave for your family along with an additional microwave to be donated to the Food Bank for New York City!
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