Mothers and Managers: a Possible Mission

If you're trying to continue your work life during motherhood, these guidelines might help you. It's important to plan and share tasks. Being moms and managers at the same time is possible!
Mothers and Managers: a Possible Mission

Last update: 06 November, 2018

Today, it’s not uncommon to meet women who are mothers and managers at the same time. How can you deal with so much responsibility all at once?

In modern society, women have earned a role that was unthinkable many years ago. After lots of effort, women have inserted themselves into the workplace.

The injustice of men working and women staying home to take care of the family is changing. While some still decide to be housewives, it’s now for a different reason: women have the right to choose.

However, there are still inequalities. On the one hand, there is still a long way to go in terms of rights in the workplace. On the other hand, society still thinks that mothers are the most responsible for raising children. This often leads to women feeling overloaded.

Advice for women who are mothers and managers

If you want to succeed in your work without neglecting your children, there are certain things you should take into account.

You must keep in mind that if you don’t take care of yourself, being too busy could damage your health.

1. Delegate tasks

At home and in the office, it’s impossible for you to do everything by yourself. Although they say, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” that isn’t always applicable.

The same goes with your partner: both of you can share responsibilities equally. Mothers who are managers must learn to use organization charts and calendars well.

2. Know how to compensate

According to the experience of many mothers and managers, at some point you may need to focus completely on work. Sometimes you might need to focus on the family or your partner.

In those cases, you can postpone secondary tasks in other areas and just focus on the essentials. Then, over time, balance the responsibilities and dedicate time to what you set aside before. Although it seems like a small thing, it’s actually very useful.

Mothers and Managers: a Possible Mission

3. Plan ahead

Instead of letting yourself get carried away by what you need to do every day, stop for a minute on the weekend to create a weekly agenda.

This way, you’ll know in advance if you need to buy school supplies. For example, if there’s a meeting, or a special holiday like a birthday, Easter or Christmas.

This also applies to your work life. If “a cautious man is worth two” then “a cautious mom is worth ten.”

“Society still thinks that mothers are the most responsible for raising children. This often leads to women feeling overloaded.”

4. Lean on babysitters or domestic workers

Sometimes, setting aside money to hire a babysitter or cleaning service has its benefits. This way, parents can avoid commitments that interrupt their routine and steal a lot of time.

For example, you can hire someone to clean your house once a week. This could help make time for your children on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, a babysitter could take them to school or other activities like sports practices.

Mothers and Managers: a Possible Mission

5. Positive outlook and patience

Anyone can have a bad day, both at home and at work. However, as difficult as it may seem, you should try to make sure it doesn’t affect all parts of your life.

If you’re upset about something at work, don’t show it to your children. They might feel guilty about what happened. They could interpret it as “bothering” your personal plans.

Mothers and managers must also be sure it doesn’t happen the other way around either. That is, your work performance shouldn’t suffer because of an argument with your partner or child. Obviously, this is much easier said than done.

“If ‘a cautious man is worth two’ then ‘a cautious mom is worth ten.'”

In conclusion, being mothers and managers is an opportunity that many women have fought for. Therefore, you should assert this right.

Don’t give in to a problem. See every day as a challenge, and a chance to be happy and fulfill your dreams. 

Occasionally, of course, press the “pause” button to dedicate yourself to what makes you happy: hobbies, vacations, children and your partner. There is time for everything, so take advantage of it!

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