Being a mom is a full-time job. If you ask any mom, they will tell you about the all-night shifts that stretch into the early morning hours, and the never-complete to-do lists. Moms serve as our teachers, drivers, counselors, negotiators, cooks, cheerleaders and all-around fixers. Undeniably, our mom forms each of us into the person we will be for the rest of our life.
However, moms also play an important part in today’s workforce. According to the Department of Labor, 40 percent of moms are the primary source of income for their households. This comes with its own set of challenges as many times jobs require time commitments outside a 9 to 5 day.
With the day-to-day tasks of running a household along with the pressures of financially supporting a family, work-life balance can seem like an elusive concept without a clear definition. There are only so many hours in the day, after all. How can a mom give her job or career the dedication it deserves, and still spend quality time with her kids? How can she juggle both work and home?
These are questions that every working mother struggles with. But everyone can agree, that their most important goal is to provide the best life possible for their children.
“My kids are so important to me that I will do whatever I can to protect them and keep them out of harm’s way. I’m trying to be the best mom I can. But I also have a lot on my mind with bills, keeping the rent paid, keeping all the utilities on – it is just hard,” said Sandi, mom of two.
Consider the following if you are struggling to create a work-life balance;
- Set manageable goals each day. Make a “to do” list, and take care of important tasks first and eliminate unessential ones.
- Unplug from electronics. The same technology that makes it so easy to work remotely can also burn us out if we use them at all hours of the day and night.
- Give yourself a break. No one’s perfect! Every mom is doing the best she can.
- Get support from family and friends.
- Ask for help if you need it. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness.
Many times, asking for help is one of the most difficult things to do, especially for a mom. She may have the self-expectation that she can conquer anything in her way. But everyone – at some point – needs help.
One of our core values at Feed the Children is to defend dignity. We believe in treating each family member in the communities where we work with value and worth. To help ease the burden of mothers across the U.S., we distribute our essentials box, which we refer to as our ‘dignity box.’ These boxes contain personal care products to support the well-being of hard-working women and their families. Click here to see how you can support mothers everywhere.
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