5 Ways Working Mothers Manage to be Super Moms
“OUCH!” I screamed, as my dad brushed through my tangled locks. It was a Saturday afternoon; Mom was teaching Dad how to put my hair in a ponytail for school. From now on Dad would be getting me ready for school. Mom changed her work hours to be home earlier in the afternoons. She wanted to spend more time with my brother and me.
I’m pretty sure my Mom has super powers. How she managed to raise two children, work full time and manage a home is beyond me. She remembered every ‘school thing,’ packed two lunches every day, made sure we always had clean clothes and dinner on the table every night. All of this while managing a full time job. How did she make it look like such a breeze?
Here are a few ways Mom managed to find balance:
Schedule daily ‘me’ time. One of the best things you can do to find balance is make time for you.
Set aside time on a daily basis that is just for you, even if it is only half an hour.
Lists are your best friend. Write down everything that needs to get done and check it off as you go. Calendar the kids’ school and sports events mark them off as you go. It is important to write it down as a visual reminder and even more satisfying when you mark it done.
Make a chore wheel. Give the children different chores each day. Putting the kids on a schedule of daily chores lightens your load and teaches a valuable lesson about the importance of everyone doing their part.
Schedule date nights with your spouse. Whether you go out for a night, or your night consists of pajamas, popcorn and a show after the kids have gone to bed, it’s important to have ‘we’ time. The important thing is that you do it together in an attentive way, paying attention to each other.
Exercise. Exercise is a great stress reliever and an energy booster. It can be as simple as a 30 minute walk on your lunch break, or after work with the kids.
Tina Fey sums it up perfectly: “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing which is you go through big chunks of time where you’re just going ‘this is impossible — oh this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going and you sort of do the impossible.”
Thanks Mom, for doing the impossible. You made it look so easy. Thank you Dad, for perfecting my ponytail! Mom, you will forever be my hero, and if I can be half as inspiring, wonderful, creative, talented, strong, graceful, poised, hardworking, dedicated and beautiful as you are, I will be one lucky woman!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you super moms out there doing the impossible every day!