Work-life Balance is Achievable
The results are in and an overwhelming number of working mothers have said that more time with their families is far more important to them than money.
Some fifty percent of mothers expressed that they would even take a cut in pay an even turn down a promotion to have more time for their children. Another forty percent said that activities such as soccer games, piano lessons, recitals, and parent teacher interaction was far more important to them.
There are a variety of ways to increase family time.
Flexi-time, Working Voluntarily Reduced work Time Tele-working Job Share Career Break Family Leave ….For the mother working 9-5 these terms may or may not mean that opportunities exist for balance! Research shows that more professionals are demanding work-friendly atmospheres. In fact, many are transitioning to corporate jobs that are sensitive towards their need to have balance in their lives.
So, what are some simple things that working mothers can do to create boundaries, and, time for family?
Everyone has 24 hours each day! Maximize the time spent with your family by responding to family members with care. In your response to a love one, paraphrase at least one thing that that person said to you during the conversation. That let’s the person know that you were paying attention.
As a family, establish which values you consider high priority, i.e., faith, family meals, time together whether a movie at home or mini-vacation, and up keep of the home. Set goals that are doable, and, prioritize family-related ones. Realize that being everything to everyone is impossible! Be honest with yourself and others about your availability. M