Balancing Motherhood and a Career

Desiree Peterkin Bell

July 18, 2022

Motherhood

Many women have difficulty balancing a career with motherhood. The key is to make time for both. Luckily, motherhood and a career are not mutually exclusive. You must make time to be emotionally present with your child. Here are some tips to help you find a work-life balance. Getting the necessary sleep is also important. And make time for yourself. You may find that your time is more flexible than you thought.

Finding balance

The key to finding a balance between motherhood and a career is to determine the exact definition of balance. Achieving a successful balance is a delicate balance of needs and wants. For some, it is not possible to have it all at once. Others struggle to find time for themselves. Whatever the case, it is essential to set realistic priorities and boundaries. While perfect balance may seem elusive, it is possible to achieve it. It’s important to recognize that life is unpredictable, and you will be making compromises to keep a good balance.

It is vital to remember that juggling family and career is possible. Managing deadlines, networking opportunities, and new fires are essential for a working mother. In addition to being a working mom, you also have to deal with gender discrimination and the gender pay gap, which can make balancing motherhood and a career nearly impossible. Luckily, there are many resources for juggling both sides of your life.

Getting help from a partner

Getting help from a partner when juggling motherhood and a career is not an inappropriate solution. Whether it’s the child’s naptime, taking them to the park, or going for a walk, you can find time to take care of your family. Despite the pressure, balancing motherhood and a career is not an easy feat.

While working parents have to do the majority of childcare work themselves, it’s crucial to have a support system. While many working moms are on their own, having a partner can ease the burden. Clark sits down weekly with her husband to discuss household responsibilities and upcoming household activities. She and her husband trade childcare duties, so she’s never left in the dark.

Getting enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for the human body and should be a top priority while juggling motherhood and a career. Sleep deprivation has negative effects on the body, both physically and mentally. Getting a solid seven to eight hours of sleep each night is crucial to the well-being of moms and children alike. In order to ensure the best quality of life for everyone, bedtime should be a priority for the entire family.

The authors of the study looked at the effects of different work parameters on the duration of maternal sleep. For instance, the number of hours a mother spent sleeping was associated with the number of hours she worked per day. Although these results were not statistically significant, they are worthy of further study. This study’s findings point out that mothers who worked part-time were at greater risk of falling asleep less frequently than those who were employed full-time.

Making time for self-care

It is crucial to find time for self-care when juggling a career and motherhood. Women spend the majority of their day caring for others and eighty percent of them take their children to all of their doctor’s appointments. Self-care is important for moms in many ways, from scheduling time for a hair appointment to taking a half-hour walk. Even a short walk can boost your energy levels and improve your ability to focus. Even half an hour of exercise each day can result in an hour of more productive work time.

Finding time for self-care can be as simple as lighting a candle and singing along to the music. Other ways to relax and recharge are to take a break from the latest news or social media feeds. Deep breathing and positive self-talk can also help you feel good. Remember, your health is your highest priority and should never be put on the back burner. Just remember that self-care can only improve your well-being, and not your children’s.

Saying “no”

The most difficult part of juggling a career and a family is figuring out when to say “no.”   your responsibilities are likely to increase and your time will be stretched further than you ever thought possible. But it’s crucial to remember that your children are your top priority. And even if you want to do them all, saying “no” to other projects is not a sign of weakness.

Fortunately, there are ways to make this balance easier, despite the challenges that come with it. One of the best ways to achieve this is by learning to say “no” to things you don’t want to do. As a working mom, it’s important to focus on quality time with your children instead of being distracted by work or electronics. You can do this by sharing responsibility for household chores and childcare with your partner. Besides, if you’re not the best person to do the chores by yourself, it’s best to ask your partner for help to help out.