Keep your head up mom! While it’s tough, you’re tougher! Here's some sage advice from other working moms to help keep you going.
You will never truly understand the struggles of a working mom until you find yourself trudging to get into the car with a toddler wrapped around your leg begging you to stay home (all while you’re already 30 minutes late for an important meeting) or trying to catch a deadline with a baby beside you desperately wanting to breastfeed.
Being a mom is the toughest job in the world, and being a working mom could be twice as challenging.
Some days are better than others. And for those days when you feel like throwing in the towel, we’ve gathered some sage advice and words of wisdom from working moms who are juggling work and family life like pros.
1.“Learn the art of delegation,” says Nathalie, 46, who currently works as a Director for Asia Pacific GBS. This means “studying the strength and weaknesses of those you work with so you’ll know whom you can rely on for every situation”. With a bazillion things to do both at home and in the office, it’s good to let go of certain tasks and trust that others can do them properly.
2. “Train the people both at work and at home.” Nathalie who is a mom of three also believes in investing time in teaching the people she works with in the office and at home to do certain tasks. She spends a lot of time training her household help for instance, on how she wants things done around the house.
She prepares the weekly menu every Saturday (with all the ingredients) which the helpers are trained to follow while she’s in the office.
3. “Use technology in organizing your professional and personal lives.” Like Nathalie you can use an online calendar to manage meetings, business travel , family events, etc. Then color code them “to make it easier to identify each item’s importance”.
Read more tips and advice from other working moms on the next page.