Balancing work and family is a challenge for everyone nowadays, but honestly, being a work at home mom can feel like you are walking on a tight-rope! Balancing your work time and you family time can be overwhelming, but it CAN be done, with some planning and priorities. These tips will help get you started in the right direction!
One of the keys to balancing work and family is managing your time wisely. You have the ability to set your own hours, so make use of this wonderful flexibility. Choose to handle some of your business tasks at “odd hours” so that you will have more family time during the day. Are you a morning person? If so, try to get up an hour before your family to take advantage of some “quiet time” to focus on your business. If you are a night owl, you can take care of emails and other administrative tasks after you have put your children to bed.
If you pick your children up from school, use the time you spend waiting for them to get out of class to return customer phone calls. A wireless headset for your cell phone will allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road if you make calls while driving.
During the week, when schedules are busiest, plan speedy dinners. Let your children help out in the kitchen while you cook. This has many benefits ... you’ll be spending time together and teaching them skills they will need. There are plenty of cookbooks out there dedicated to “kid friendly recipes” if you need some inspiration for meals.
Blend family time and work time by getting your children involved in your business. Smaller children can affix the stamps or mailing labels to your promotional mailings. Older children can help hang flyers, and teenagers can take on some administrative tasks such as data entry.
Set aside some time each day to spend with your children with no distractions. You don’t need to go anywhere special to have quality time together. You can read a book togehter or playing a game. The point is just to let your children know that they come first, and the business comes second. Remember that you became a work at home mom so you could spend time with your family. Don’t forget to take some time out to enjoy them!