I have had the privilege of being a SAHM, a WAHM and a WFOM. I have seen the upside and downside of all the three phases. Though there are a lot of differences between each of these, there is one thing in common – ‘LOT OF WORK’. Irrespective of working from office, home or just stay at home, your work load as a mom never seems to go down.
Being a mom means to keep up your sanity while you manage to juggle and keep all the balls in the air!!!
- Never give up on your “me” time: Its only after being a mom did I realize why a bathroom is also called a ‘rest’room. Seriously, I run into the ‘rest’room sometimes to get that small peek of ‘me’ time which brings back my sanity. A ‘me’ time, to listen to your favorite song, see your favorite channel (other than the cartoon channel that runs all the time), or to go on a shopping spree, just to pamper yourself. Moving out of your routine and pampering yourself with a ‘me’ time is as important as your daily exercise. Make time for a small hobby or take time out to just take a walk in the neighborhood… To see the blooming flowers and hear the birds chirp…it brings back the lost vigor.
- Be with your kids once you get home…cut the social media: Social media takes up a lot of time. Sometimes it is useful and nice to catch up with old friends. But just imagine a situation where you are back home, your laptop aside, playing with your kids. Your kids and you cuddling in the bed and enjoying the evening… a picture perfect scene, right? Your mobile beeps and you take a glimpse of some Facebook update…you get engrossed(may be for a short while) with those updates of your friends and family….but you have lost that precious time with your kids. Your children can sense a change in you, the moment you are not emotionally with them. Your physical presence does not make a difference if you are not emotionally connected and are busy with the social media updates. Make sure that you cut this and find some quality time with your kids and family once you are back home.
- Plan plan and plan: A secret to a successful- ‘have it all’ mom is to plan meticulously. With kids, I know that all plans can go warheads…but planning is a key to have a peaceful day and to avoid some last time rushes and morning madness. Planning small things like – kid’s lunch box for the next day, keeping the breakfast counter ready or ironing the clothes over the weekends helps a lot during the rush hours of office and school. Sharing chores with partner and children could save you some time and will also help a lot in the long run.
- Catchup with a good sleep: Getting a full night – 8 hour long sleep could be a dream for many of us – moms. But getting a good sleep is also important. Catch up for the lost sleep hours during the weekend. Switch on a movie that your children can watch…use this time to get a good afternoon nap. You will feel much refreshed to kick start the week that lies ahead of you.