Balance: 10 Commandments for Working Mothers

working-momMotherhood is hard enough before you throw in work. Once you’re juggling a job, parenting, self-care and adult relationships, you start praying for guidance about how to handle working motherhood.

Until Moses returns with a couple of stone tablets addressing motherhood, here’s my take on the 10 commandments for working motherhood.

Thou Shall Trust Thine Instincts

You know your family best and you also know your employer. Trust your instincts when you feel your kids are acting out because they need your attention. Give them the extra time and nurturing, even if it means you miss a few minutes of work. Motherhood is your most important job, and not one to be taken lightly.

Similarly, you know in your gut when you’re not fulfilling your work responsibilities. Make sure to do your best on the most important projects. If you do need to take time with a sick child or leave early for a school event, tell your supervisor and colleagues when you’ll make up the work.

Thou Shalt Not Worship Money or Career Success

Motherhood fulfills many parts of our souls. But having a job that you’re really good at can give you quite a rush too. It’s important to keep that feeling in perspective, and only pursue the career that you truly want.

Don’t thoughtlessly put in for the big promotion or raise. Think through what it would mean for your work-life balance and your children. Would the new duties stretch your skills in a direction you want to go? Or would it merely be a step up the career ladder without any additional satisfaction or challenge?

Make sure you are the one defining what success means to you. It’s okay if that’s simply enjoyable work with flexible hours and no fancy title.


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