What Would Make Juggling Family and Work Easier For You?

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 7, 2012

No matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or a mom who works at home or outside of the home, balancing work and family life is such a struggle.

As I’m writing this right now I have several projects to finish before I race down the street to get Landon off the school bus. Once he’s home, homework needs to get done, he’ll want me to play with him, etc., yet I don’t have much time before I have to get ready for a speaking engagement tonight.

I’m very lucky: I love my work, I’m able to do it mostly from home, I have the most wonderful little boy, and a helpful husband. And still I struggle with the demands of running a household, organizing all that has to be done for our family (shopping, cleaning, doctor appointments, sport activities, etc.), and my job.

I don’t know how women who work full-time out of the house get everything done.

What would help women feel less overwhelmed? I personally don’t like to have babysitters in our home a lot, but having someone to play with Landon more often would help. And I guess it would be lovely if I had someone come in once a week for a couple hours to help me clean the house.

In an ideal world employers would be more flexible about working hours. And in an ideal world women would make more money so that we can hire someone to do the chores we don’t like to do to spend more quality time with our family,

I don’t see things changing for the better anytime soon, but the one thing we can do is help each other: if you need help with getting organized, reach out to a friend to show you a new way to do things in your home or to accomplish errands more efficiently, for example.

The most helpful thing to me is taking turns with my girlfriend to take care of the kids so that one of us can get some work done while the kids have fun and are taken care of by a person I trust.

I’m personally not a fan of this current trend to make the computer, iPad, or latest phone app a babysitter. I’m not convinced that kids really learn more from an app than a book. Sure, Landon watches TV, but we don’t have a Wii or XBox or any of those things in our home.

I guess I’m old-fashioned, but I resist new technologies although they would make my life easier. I’d rather my son learn that Mommy has to work sometimes and to play by himself for a little while and keep himself busy instead of having excellent hand/eye coordination.

It’s very simple: what would make balancing work and family life easier is for husbands or family members to simply ask sometimes what we need help with when they see that we are overwhelmed. :)

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