More mothers than ever are working fulltime outside the home these days.In 2017, 79 percent of employed mothers with children 6 to 17 years old, and 74.5 percent of mothers with children under 6 years old, worked fulltime, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Try these mom-tested tips for better work- life balance:
- Be “all in” at work (and at home). Easier said than done? Yes. But try to develop the ability to efficiently focus on the tasks at hand while you’re at work. When you get home, truly be with your family. Nix the cell phone. No checking emails.
- Create a family calendar. You can use the calendar as a chore chart and also record sports practices and family events. With older kids and your partner, try Google calendars, which can be shared and synched on everyone’s phones.
- Rely on other working moms. Create a network of other mothers that you can call on for trading rides to soccer practice, last-minute pick-up at school and playdates. It really does take a village.