Thursday, 20 June 2013

8 Tips for Working Mothers – The Balancing Act

She orbits the space between the boardroom to the bedroom.  She spans the gulf from the workstation to the laundry room.   Without missing a beat, she moves from purging a yearend report to changing a baby’s diaper, and from articulating the organization’s five-year plan to planning the family’s weekly menu.  In all of this the committed mother walks the tight rope of balancing the act of being mother and the consummate professional.

Each working mother fares differently, as with varying levels of coping skills and techniques they approach this amazing juggling feat.  To the extent that we are impressed to acknowledge and affirm this defying heroism are we equally stirred to share the collective wisdom of those who through much trial and error and counseling have found effective ways to maneuver themselves within these, often rivaling, spheres.  

1    1.   Strive for Balance – Even if you were a stay at home mom you’d not be able to be all things to all your children.  Your best then is to try and achieve a fair mix of meaningful interfaces with your child (ren).

2    2.    Prioritize – Some things are clearly more important than others.  Know then the difference between needs and wants; needs come first.

3    3.  Do Not Beat Upon Yourself – When you must make choices, do so and do not badger yourself – you can’t do everything you could possibly do.
4    5.  Strive for Quality – Quantity in time does not automatically translate into greater bonding with your child (ren).  Be intentional in all you do with your child, and avoid just tolerating or accommodating them.  In other words, spend quality time with your child (ren).

5    5.  Be Spontaneous – Although you will usually need to follow a certain routine, every now and then break the flow and insert something really FUN!

6    6.  Stay Accessible – Ensure that in the event of an emergency you are always accessible by your children or those in whose charge they may be.

7    7.  Learn the Art of Listening – This is an important skill that will alert you to challenges and changes taking place in your child’s (ren’s) life, allowing you to stage appropriate interventions where necessary and in a timely manner.
      8.  Have a Set Time – Have a set time each day when you interact with your child (ren).  This is separate from worship times.  

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.” Psalm 127: 3.  Seeking divine intervention for our children is critical for their proper upbringing, because unless He’s involved all our efforts are futile.