For years, there has been a lot of stigma surrounding the idea of being a ‘Working Mom’. Many feel as though it is impossible to find the perfect balance between staying at home and providing for your children and taking the working world by storm. However, this is simply not true. It requires hard work, but nothing is stopping you from being a loving, hands-on mom and a powerful businesswoman at the same time. They aren’t mutually exclusive.
Here’s how you can make it happen!
Train part-time, or according to your schedule.
No matter your choice in career, sometimes it feels as though we are working towards a deadline. For example, you may think that you need to obtain a particular position by the time you reach a specific age, or else you will be considered a failure. However, it is important to understand this is not true. There is no time limit on success, and you don’t have to worry about taking your time to get there.
Therefore, if you want to spend time with your children when studying, why not consider signing up to a part-time course that allows you to manage your time more efficiently. For example, if you wish to become an occupational therapist, you will need to attend a college for occupational therapy. There are plenty of quality courses on offer that can be tailored to your needs and desires, helping you achieve your goals on your own terms.
Start by working from home.
If you have always dreamed of running your own business, why not start it in the comfort of your own home? For example, many great ideas are born on the couch when watching TV. Working from home means that you are still a constant presence in your children’s lives, and you don’t have to pay for additional costs such as official fees and space. There are also plenty of other positions that are compatible with home working, such as telecommunications positions. However, if you are working from home, it is important that you set up a home office that works for you. Ensure that it is a space that is truly your own and free from distractions – though it doesn’t necessarily have to be a kids-free zone, don’t allow it to double as a playroom.
Establish your boundaries.
Boundaries are essential in life if we are to establish a realistic work-life balance. However, they are particularly important if you are working and raising children at the same time. Therefore, you must stick to your regular working hours, only working overtime as a last resort or when absolutely necessary.
Whenever possible, leave your work on your desk at the end of the day – alongside any associated worries or stress. This will allow you to shut off and enjoy the time you have with your children. When you are not working, focus on spending quality time with the whole family – plan fun activities, get outside of the house, or simply sit down and have a meal together!