January 26, 2009

Working Mama


I work outside the home 8 hours a day/ 5 days a week. When I get off work in the evenings, I go home and work another 6 hours taking care of my family and home. Being a mom who works outside the home full time isn't easy. I dream of the day when my laundry is caught up, I can make wholesome dinners every night for my family, and still squeeze in time to do a craft with my children.

There just simply doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all of this. Weekends tend to be the time that we try to catch up on all of those things....problem is that by time the weekend rolls around, I'm too exhausted. But, it needs to be done.
Thankfully I have an awesome hubby who doesn't mind helping cook, clean and take care of the children.

This purpose of this post is NOT:
To debate being a working mom vs. a stay at home mom
Nor is it a gripe session for me.

The purpose is to get inside the hearts and minds of other working moms. I want your thoughts and advice.
  • How do you manage working and being wife and mommy?
  • Do you have any secrets/tips on how to better manage your time?
  • Do you have time saving cleaning tips?
  • Do you have meal preparation tips?
  • Do you have time management tips?
I would love for you to comment on this post.



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5 comments:

  1. I have two kids, 13 and 10 yrs old. I have always worked full time. I find that if I do at least one load of laundry and one "sweep" of the house right after I get home, then it doesn't seem to pile up so much. I also try to plan meals for the week which includes some easy-to-make things like frozen lasagna or crock pot dishes. It helps too to just let some things go if it can - thats been the hardest thing....

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  2. I work "outside the home" but my company actually allows me to work from home with flexible hours. This is the only thing that keeps me sane! If you can find this set-up, it's great. Not sure how the working mothers who have to punch a clock do it! I do find that my best friend for dinners is the crock pot. I cook all sorts of stuff in that thing. Add the ingredients the night before to the pot, put it in the fridge. In the morning, bring the pot out and turn it on! Voila, dinner is ready at 6:00!

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  3. Do as much shopping online as you can. It takes a bit of retraining the way you think about shopping but once you get the habit it is far more efficient than going to stores. There are certain items we buy over and over every month and you can automate those purchases. Shopping online is better for the planet, saves gas and reduces pollution. It just makes sense.
    You can buy your own online shopping portal and get the cashbacks for your christmas or vacation fund. (yes, the leading online shopping portal is an MLM, but you can buy just a portal without getting in to the MLM side of it).
    Of course, if you did get into the MLM side of it you could be a work at home Mom :)

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  4. Oh dang...am I supposed to be caught up on laundry?! Even with staying at home I feel like I barely get things done. So I'm looking forward to reading everyone's responses! Or maybe I should put my laptop away and fold those 3 loads of laundry sitting in my living room???

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  5. Bless your heart...I worked for quite a while with kids, up until Benji was two, and my house was a total disaster and I was exhausted. Now that I am finally able to stay home, I don't know how I did it! I now use The FlyLady, and wish I had heard about it when I was working. It's a tiny bit overwhelming at first, but once you get used to it, it's a lifesaver! Take some time and just browse the website before you get started...www.flylady.com

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