5 Tips for the Working Mom Looking for Work-Life Balance

It’s hard being a working mom. Millions of women, do it every day, but figuring out a way to balance work and home life, escapes most of us.

Between meeting deadlines for work, caring for their children, spouse and home – we certainly have a lot on our plates. So much so, that at times, it feels like we’re tying to keep all the plates spinning at the same time. It even seems like we’re working two, three or even four jobs at once!

Some days are better than others, when you may feel like you have everything smoothly, and other days you may feel like nothing is going right.

But with careful preparation and scheduling, working moms can make your days – and nights – run a bit more seamlessly.

Here are a few tips, to help you out:

  1. Try not to bring your work home with you. Keeping evenings and weekends somewhat “work-free,” will give you time to get those household tasks done and spend some time with your family, rather it’s watching a movie, playing a game, or going to the park or library.
  2. Prepare meals ahead of time. You can freeze them, and use them for meals during the work week.
  3. Pack lunches and lay out clothing, the night before. That will make your mornings a little more stress-free.
  4. Put essential items (car keys, purse, briefcase, book bags, etc.) in the same place, every evening. You’ll be able to locate them easier, during the morning frenzy.
  5. Be consistent with the bedtime schedule and routine. That way, your children know that it’s almost bedtime.

As working moms, we may never find the formula for a perfect work-life balance, but with a little practice and consistency, things should definitely become a little easier.

Have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments section!

Awesome Resource for Parents of Driving Teens

The weather here in Michigan has been rather wet and miserable lately. Yesterday, on my way home, I saw a teen driver almost get into an accident.  He was looking down at his cell phone when the light turned, and couldn’t stop in time, due to the wet roads.

Let me tell you, it scared me. In six short years, the kid will begin driving. Six. I just hope that’s enough time to instill in him the knowledge he needs to drive safely.

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens. Becoming a safe driver takes years of experience. By being actively involved in their teen’s driving, parents help increase their teen’s safety.

Currently, there is a campaign called the Checkpoints program, that educates parents on how to keep their teen drivers safe while, on the road. This program not only offers helpful tips and facts, but also a free online, interactive Parent/Teen Driving Agreement that can be customized specifically to each of your readers and their teens. Checkpoints has been tested and is effective in helping teens become safer drivers.

Help your teen become a safer independent driver. Create a parent-teen driving agreement today.

Ditching the “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality.

You remember when you were a kid and your parents lived by the motto, “Do as I say, not as I do?” When we were younger, it made sense. You did what your parents told you – regardless of what they did.

However, as an adult, more so a parent, I now know that that crap doesn’t work. As parents, we are the de facto model they use to know how to do, act, be responsible, good human beings.

I know we’ve all had that “Ah ha!” moment, when your child is doing something wrong and you realize they modeled the behavior by watching you. For me, those “wrong” modeled behaviors are aplenty. From eating and exercise habits to temper and anger management.

My most recent “aha” moment was yesterday morning when the kid was tying his shoes, and couldn’t get them exactly like he wanted. Instead of calmly trying again, he began yelling at his shoes, “Come on! Why aren’t you working?!” Before I could scold him for yelling and being so angry, I got an image of myself yelling at my laptop, cell phone, etc., when it didn’t work like I wanted it to. It was at that moment I decided to approach frustrating times the same way I encourage him to – with patience.

While it would be easy for me to adopt the “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality, I consciously try not to. I never want to hear him say, “Why can you do [INSERT BAD THING HERE] when I can’t?” And, I don’t want him making poor decisions because he perceived them as OK, because I he’s seen me make them – over and over again.

There’s a quote by an unknown author that goes, “Those who criticize our generation forget who raised it.”

So, I ask you, how are you raising your kids? What examples are you setting for them? Leave your answers in the comments section below.