Motherhood can be a challenging and then you add to that trying to balance work and family. Developing your career, spending time with those you love, and taking care of yourself. We often spend more time working than we are able to spend with our families or ourselves. That can be detrimental to our relationships and have a negative impact on our home life, if we let it.
Having gone from the corporate world, to homemaker and then entrepreneur, I’ve lived it and I want to share with you some easy tips for balancing work and family. Here are 5 simple strategies that can make a huge difference in getting that precious time back with your family, and for yourself.
(I partnered with Illumination Entertainment for this post and giveaway. Any opinions are 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links.)
5 Strategies to Balance Work and Family
#1 Schedule it
There’s plenty of things you’d like to do but only so much time in a day. With some creative planning you can make sure you’re squeezing in me time for yourself, as well as time with your spouse, friends and family. Keep up to date with your child’s school calendar and commit to attending some of the events and schedule on your calendar. You don’t have to attend every PTA meeting or event; instead plan to attend events that include your child so you can get the most out of that time spent together. You don’t have to worry about disappointing your employers; take a proactive approach and let them know which night(s) of the week you have more time available. This will show them you are thinking about their needs, are flexible, and leaves you in control of your schedule because you’ve determined which day(s) of the week works best for you.
#2 Leave it at the Door
The transition from work to home can be a tough one especially after you’ve had a rough day at work. Do what you have to do but leave all that ‘junk’ at the door. Consider taking a few minutes in the car to clear your mind and reduce stress or if you prefer, take a few minutes to shower and unwind before camping out with the family. The idea is to be fully present for your family, limit outside distractions, and don’t make them suffer for the day you’ve had at the office. Remember, they love you and have been looking forward to seeing you all day. Sometimes after a tough day, I like to make an easy dinner and pop in a movie we can all relax and enjoy as a family.
#3 Don’t Beat Yourself
Guilt takes away from you experiencing joy and happiness. This can affect the quality of the time you do get to spend with your family. Do the best you can and don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty. Sometimes mom has to work and whether that is at home or outside of the home, it just has to happen. It’s also okay to enjoy your career and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that either. Another thing you shouldn’t beat yourself up about is getting in me time. That’s all part of the balance work and family time too. If you want to pour yourself a glass of wine while the kids enjoy a movie, do it and I’m giving you permission to not feel guilty.
#4 Get the Most Out of Morning
Taking extra time in the evening to get everything prepared for mornings means you can enjoy that time together. Don’t waste time finding clothes, hunting down shoes, and packing lunches. Doing it all the night before will start your day out on a peaceful positive note, and free up some precious time. When I started to have some free time in the morning, it became dance time. Morning music is a great way to get the blood flowing and walk out the door with a smiling face. Probably one of the reasons we love watching SING so much and speaking of, the SING Special Edition is available with 3 New Mini-Movies on March 21st – just in time for Family Movie Night! 😀 About that morning music though, if you need a little boost in the motherhood department, pop on the head phones and jame to some of my favorites songs:
Mom’s Morning Playlist
- The Best Day by Taylor Swift
- Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
- Mom by Megan Trainor
- Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood
- I Love My Mama by Snoop Doggy Dog
- Dear Mama by 2Pac
#5 Play Hooky
Now, this could set a bad example for the kids if you do it too often, but sometimes playing hooky is exactly what you need. Whenever you are feeling disconnected, it’s important to take time to reconnect even if it has to be unscheduled and impromptu. I promise your kids will remember that time you played hooky with them and they’ll love you for every minute of it. If you need a hooky idea, pick up the SING! Blu-ray and plan an afternoon movie matinee in the living room!
From Illumination Entertainment, the studio that brought you THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS comes an animated comedy about finding the music that lives inside all of us. SING stars Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon, an eternally optimistic koala who puts on the world’s greatest singing competition to save his crumbling theater; winner Reese Witherspoon as Rosita, an overworked and underappreciated mother of 25 piglets desperate to unleash her inner diva; Scarlett Johansson as Ash, a punk rock porcupine with a beautiful voice behind her prickly exterior; and Taron Egerton as Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies.
SING is the musical comedy event of the year and one that will either provide you with some much need family time or me time!
Thanks to Illumination, one Mom on the Side reader is going to WIN a copy of SING on Blu-ray!
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