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Tips for Stay-At-Work Moms


 

















Tips for Working Moms 
  • Raising children only comes once in a lifetime. 
  • Be proactive and creative. Many supervisors are open to considering creative solutions when they are presented, but will not be so conscious as to offer them unasked. 
  • Absolve yourself of “mommy guilt.” You are doing the best that you can. 
  • A desire for a career does not make you a bad mother, nor does a desire for work/life balance make you a bad employee. 
  • If you have a partner, ask them for their help and unconditional support. 
  • Find a community of mothers who also work outside the home. So much mom support is based on the stay-at-home crowd, and while some of our issues are the same, some are very different. 
  • Even if support and a listening ear is all this community can offer, it can be helpful to know that other women are experiencing the very same issues that you are.

Kiss Guilt Goodbye 
If you were going to pay homemakers a salary, a mother’s job is too often still overlooked and underestimated. “A mother’s worth was calculated and established at $508,700 per year in wages alone, not counting retirement, health, and other benefits” (Crittenden, 2001, p. 8). 
 
There is hope, however. Moms can find a balance between work and motherhood. Kiss guilt goodbye, and, instead, think of ways to make work, work for you. 

  • Ask your supervisor about the possibility of telecommuting, working a compressed workweek, or job sharing.  
  • Make your workdays more pleasant. 
  • Personalize your office space with photos. 
  • Spend a few moments each day to take a virtual vacation.  
  • Take the annoying things off your to-do list first, before going to lunch. 
  • Exercise. 
  • Wear something that makes you feel and look good. There is nothing like transitioning from maternity clothes back to your regular clothes, or buying a new “power suit” to add to your wardrobe. 


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