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Top 7 Tips for Working Mothers

Helpful advice to balance a corporate career, entrepreneurship, and motherhood.

Mothers are some of the strongest people. Whether they’re climbing the corporate ladder or

starting their own business, or a stay-at-home-mom, mothers find a way to do it all! Regardless

of occupation, here are some tips and tricks to help juggle it all while raising a family.

1. Build a support network: Whether it’s a spouse, babysitters, parents, neighbors, or an

administrative assistant, it is okay to ask for help! Mothers who work in the corporate

world need a support network of family, friends, colleagues, and professional

organizations that can provide them with practical and emotional support. Working

mothers should develop a support system at work, such as a mentor or a group of

colleagues who understand the unique challenges of balancing work and family life.

2. Communication is Key: It's essential to communicate with your support network to get

everyone on the same page. At the end of the day, they’re there to help you. It should

help relieve a few extra stressors that can arise in your daily agenda. Being transparent

about upcoming conflicts will help co-workers be aware of your needs and expectations

as a working mother. Be clear about your availability, and discuss any accommodations

you might need to balance work and family life.

3. Manage your time efficiently and effectively: “Time is money!” Time management is

critical for working mothers. You can use various tools, such as calendars, scheduling

apps, and to-do lists, to plan your day and prioritize tasks.

4. Set realistic expectations: Along with managing time efficiently, stay realistic with long

and short-term goals. Mothers should set realistic expectations for themselves at work

and at home. Taking on too much and poor planning will only lead to disappointment and

burnout. Set realistic goals to stay motivated, ambitious, and keep striving at tackling

your to-do list and both the office and home. Don't try to do everything perfectly, and

don't be afraid to turn to your support group when you feel you need it.

5. Prioritize self-care: It's essential to prioritize self-care to maintain your mental and

physical health. Make time for exercise, hobbies, and downtime to recharge and stay

productive. With this, having the “leaving work at work” mindset comes in handy. Don’t

let work take away from your personal time; whether it’s enjoying time with the kids

playing outside or taking a bubble bath, don’t let work overshadow some hard earned

and well deserved moments.

6. Be flexible: Flexibility is critical for working mothers. Try to find ways to work remotely,

adjust your schedule, or use vacation or sick leave when necessary to manage

unexpected family responsibilities. Also, being flexible in terms of motherhood can be

beneficial to you and your family. “Letting the little things go” will ultimately save yourself

extra stress trickling into the office and unwanted tension within your house.

7. Don't feel guilty: Mothers should not feel guilty for working and pursuing their career

goals. Remember that you are setting a positive example for your children, and your

contributions at work are valuable.

Motherhood is the most rewarding job a woman could have. However, motherhood doesn't have

to overshadow your career dreams and aspirations. In fact, it could be another reason why you

are a wonderful role model for your child. Whether you’re looking for a career change or decide

to further your education, it will all play into your role as a mother.

Denise Ochigbo, CEO of The Career Mompreneur, can guide you through uncertainty by

reducing financial stress and improving financial wellness, budgeting, building net worth, and

more. The Career Mompreneur, also known as TCM Financial Coaching, women, working

mothers, women business owners, and female leaders form a firm understanding and

discussing finances while becoming confident making smart financial decisions. Visit the TCM

Financial Coaching website for more information

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