Life as a mom can be so stressful. So little time and so much to do! Many women find it so hard to achieve that work-life balance. I am so happy to welcome Jenny from Mom Loves Best with some practical tips. Take it away, Jenny! When you’re a mom who works outside of the home, you have two full-time jobs. Not only are you expected to accomplish all of the things you need to keep your home and family running smoothly, but you also need to perform your best at a job that may or may not be empathetic to your dual roles. Time management is always an issue. There’s no doubt that finding a balance can seem overwhelming – if not impossible. But with a little effort, you can find small pockets of wasted time and use them to maximize your efficiency leaving you with significantly less stress and more time to enjoy your family. Here’s how. 1. Maximize your lunch break. You’re entitled to a lunch break every day. Use it. There’s nothing that dictates you must eat during that time – and even if you do, it doesn’t take you a full 30 or 60 minutes. There are all types of ways to reclaim that time – either for productivity or self-care. Here are some ideas. Do a short workout. Run an errand. Pay some bills. Clean out your car or your purse. Write your grocery list. Read a book. Catch up on your favorite TV show on your phone. If it’s hard to take your lunch break without interruptions, leave the premises or sit in your car. That time is yours – stop giving it back to your employer in the form of free labor. Protect it. 2. Pump hands-free. Are you nursing and pumping milk at work? That time isn’t wasted – use it to your advantage! Invest in a specially designed pumping bra to keep your hands free and allow you to maximize your time. Return emails or do other computer work when you are pumping in a closet. If you work at a job that isn’t suited to working while pumping, use that time to do some of the items listed in #1 – like paying bills or writing your grocery list. If a pumping bra is financially out of reach, here’s a tip: cut small holes in the nipples of a sports bra. You can insert the flanges of your breast pump into the holes and – voila – you’ve got a custom-made bra for hands-free pumping! How to make a DIY hands-free pumping bra by lil-miss.com 3. Run errands before picking up the kids. I know how much you miss your kids and just want to rush to pick them up at daycare at the end of the day. But if you take just 15-20 minutes and run an errand before picking them up, it will take so much less time to accomplish, actually leaving you with more quality time with them […]
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It’s easy to get lost in motherhood.
There are endless books to read, gadgets to buy, places to go and activities to do. So much that you forget what you read, bought, visited and did before that tiny, beautiful creature entered your life. You go from being Kate or Lindsay to being “Piper’s mommy” or “Brady’s mom.”
And, even though parenthood changes you in some of the most amazing ways, the you that existed before is still there. You still have desires, needs, dreams and preferences. You still need certain things to be the best version of yourself and yes, those things have absolutely nothing to do with your children.
If you don’t make your own health, happiness, and wellbeing a priority, then it’s pretty hard to be the mom I know you want to be.
So, let’s all agree that the absolute best thing we can do for our children and families is to fill our own tank!
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For me, it caused my entire body to crash down. That’s why you and I both need the reminder
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