As a working mother, you have two jobs, and don’t let anyone tell you any different. Trying to keep a business afloat while raising a child is one of the toughest juggling acts imaginable, and anyone who hasn’t experienced this challenge for themselves could never understand how difficult you have it.
But looking after your little one does not mean you have to put your business to one side. With the right techniques and strategies, you can give both your child and your business the utmost attention they deserve. Whether you’re running a boutique store, an accountancy firm, or a pet-grooming service, there’s no reason why having a child should interfere with your professional aspirations. With this in mind, here are five tips for balancing your childcare and your work.
Create a schedule
Managing work around family commitments requires you to be on top of your time management. Creating weekly and daily schedules can help you keep on top of all your business tasks, even while fighting the fires of motherhood at the same time. Of course, having a young child means things rarely go to plan, but having this structure will provide you with some much-needed structure to organize your tasks and get things done.
Get the whole family involved
You may be their mother, but you’re not the only person in your child’s life. Therefore, there is no reason why the bulk of the childcare should fall to you. Sharing responsibilities can often be a cause for dispute between mothers and fathers, so it is essential you have an agreement about who will take on what jobs and when. Ensure your partner gets involved, and feel free to enlist the help of other siblings or family friends.
Know your priorities
There are times when your work has to take precedence, but there are also times when your child should be your first and foremost priority above all else. When you’re on your deathbed, you won’t regret not doing more work, but you will regret not taking the time to play with your children and see them grow up. If you have to choose between their first school play and a business meeting, decide which is most important to you.
Find ways to keep your children occupied
There will be times when you need to keep your little one busy while getting your head into your work. It’s always a good idea to have a selection of things in your arsenal to divert their attention away from you. And this doesn’t have to mean sticking on the television or giving them an iPad to play with. There are many healthy and wholesome ways to keep children occupied. Board games and puzzles are timeless options, as well as online learning classes and PE workouts for kids.
Be kind to yourself
Being a working mother can be difficult, and there will be times when you doubt your ability to juggle all your commitments. Not everything will go to plan all the time, so remember to be kind to yourself and not judge yourself too harshly. Everyone makes mistakes, and you can only do the best you can.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.