Thursday, December 31, 2009

Balancing Family and a Career

Are you a career-oriented woman who also happens to be a wife and a parent? If so, you may be dealing with a number of different issues which many women, just like yourself, face daily. Balancing a career and a family is very achievable. You may find it can be overwhelming at times.

Let’s look at a couple of the issues surrounding working mothers.

Time. Many working mothers find difficulty in knowing how to balance their time. Mums who need to work or finish an upcoming project often do so, but they often face feeling guilty about missing out on quality time with their children or their spouse/partner.

Fear of Job Loss. So many working mothers are afraid to put their family first in certain situations, in fear of losing their jobs. This may be more so in the current economic climates both locally and globally. Whilst reading this and you find that these are issues that you have dealt with, or if they are issues that you are currently dealing with, please continue reading on.

To begin with, one of the many ways that you can go about balancing a family and a career is by setting aside time for both your family and your important career. For example, if at all possible, you will want to try and establish set hours for work and work related tasks. There may be times you have to work overtime. This might be part of your job or you may find you have been strongly encouraged to so that your position is kept. Whether this is right or wrong, it does happen to many women (and men). This is often why for many mothers, when relying on their income, they find it difficult or are afraid to put work second. Keeping this in mind, it is important that when you come home you leave work at work. At home, take the opportunity to put your family first and enjoy your time with them.

By creating a schedule, with set hours for work, it will make it easier for your family to see when you are working and when you are available. Today many families are so busy with work, school, sports, music etc that having a schedule for your family can help to factor in down time”, i.e. time spent together where you are not rushing around. You don’t have to plan this time down to the hour, by developing a little schedule you can reduce stress on yourself and family. This way you can schedule in days of the week when you may want to take a trip to the swimming pool or beach with you children or spend time visiting family. If these times are included everyone can be informed and you will be likely to follow through with your plans. Your children and your partner will likely be pleased with this follow through.

For many, raising a family is often associated with spending time with your children, however that is not all that motherhood is about. You will also have the duties such as grocery shopping, preparing family meals, and house cleaning. If the other members of the family won’t take on some or part of these duties and you can afford it you may want to consider hiring assistance. Whether you choose to hire a professional housekeeper or a garden and mowing business mow your yard for you, this extra time may come in handy.

The above mentioned ideas are just a few of the many ways that you can go about balancing both your career and family. It may seem impossible to do right now, especially if you just recently started a new job or have had your first child. However, it is more than possible for you have a fulfilling career, as well as a happy and healthy family life at home.

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