The Secret To Being A Successful Work-From-Home Mom
Being a work-from-home mom is extremely challenging. Having to give yourself entirely to two completely different roles both in the confines of your home is not only difficult but sometimes impossible. As if life isn’t chaotic enough, we have moms who work from home who need to do all that in the same space and sometimes simultaneously. Living under the constant pressure of having to equally divide your attention between your family and your career seems like an unimaginable thing to do. However, there are seemingly “super moms” who manage to do this despite the odds. Here are a few things to know about their lifestyle and their superpowers.
One of the first things a work-from-home mom needs to do is try to differentiate between work time and family time. This may sound like a simple task, but it’s actually much more complicated than it looks. The fact that everything happens in the same place isn’t helpful. However, one thing you can do is make an office space in your home and only work from there. Notify your family about your workspace and set certain boundaries for when you can and cannot be interrupted while working. It may seem cruel to put restrictions on your family, but it’s actually good for all of you in the long run.
2. Be present.
Given that your schedule is very tight, you need to find a way to make the best of the time you have both at work and with your family. When you’re spending time with your kids, try to always be present and involved in what’s happening. Also, when working, focus on the problem at hand instead of daydreaming and worrying about all the other things you need to do later. Time is about quality, not quantity. Some moms who spend the whole day with their kids can do so without any valuable interaction. Under no circumstances should you feel guilty for not having more time, but use the time you have in the best possible way.
3. It takes a village.
Just because a person is capable of managing everything on her own, doesn’t mean she should. A mom shouldn’t feel bad about accepting help or even asking for it. The help can come in various ways, and it’s always welcome. Sometimes it means asking your brother or sister to watch your kids while you run errands and sometimes it means enrolling your child in a daycare. There are even situations when it’s more suitable for your kids to get professional help with their homework. Nevertheless, asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of wisdom.
4. You’re only human.
At the end of the day, everyone makes mistakes. One must not obsess about being perfect or always making the right decisions. This is impossible. Relax knowing that you will do things the wrong way sometimes, and that’s completely okay. It’s much more important to learn how to deal with failures than to spend all of your time desperately trying to avoid them. Standing up after falling down is what counts.
There’s no doubt that work-from-home moms should receive continual recognition for their constant juggling act. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen. So remember, acknowledging a mom’s efforts can contribute to building up her confidence and make her feel like the superhero she is! Even if they seem strong and independent, they still have their weaknesses and need help and support, just like we all do. Find ways to support these moms. No one is an island, we all need each other, even if we seem “super” from the outside.
Work-from-home mamas, what support do you need? Tell us in the comments!
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