Unexpected illness or situations that has you leaving work early, calling off work, desperately trying to find a sitter, sick kids, all happens more times than you’d like.
All the emotions that come with being a working mom from “am I doing enough, how can I juggle all of the needs of my family, or how can I show up fully in my greatness”, among other things running rapidly in your mind on a daily basis.
For my family, I’ve always worked even when I enrolled in college at age 30 to earn my teaching degree, I worked full time, went to school full time, and attended all my boys’ school and sporting events. Challenging and fulfilling because I created a plan so I would be fully emerged in each moment.
Here’s what allowed me to focus and manage the role as mother, wife, businesswoman, home and finance manager daily:
Quality Over Quantity
You know that feeling when you lose track of time because you are so engrossed in the moment that time stands still? Children want that feeling when they are with you. Even if it is for a brief moment be sure to fully engage in the moment as if time stands still. The other things can wait, promise.
Schedule Non-Negotiable Time
You know your work schedule and what needs to be done, so block time in the schedule for the kids including things like play dates, outings, or just sitting in their room reading and playing.Allow them to choose what they want to do and just go with it.Have fun and laugh often.
Love Unconditionally by Fill Your Own Cup
Refuel and rejuvenate your own energy. Again, plan for time to get that bath, a trip to the spa, out with girlfriends, or taking a nap (when they nap). Filling your cup brings calmness and love which is spilled over into your child’s life. They just want you to hear them and see them so taking care of you first will open your eyes, ears and heart to be fully connect with them.
Lastly, remember, no matter how tired and frustrated you feel, this too shall pass. Time moves quickly and before you know those children are adults and they will only remember how their working mom was there when they needed her most.
PS – If now one has told you lately — You Rock Working Momma!