Kendra Drozd, Wilton, CT, who was a working mom for many years, says “We are not our mom’s working mom.”
Whether, working outside the home, or running a business from home, life as a working mom presents a unique set of challenges. As a busy mom of three children, who is devoted to her family and community, Kendra Drodz knows firsthand the demands that women face today.
The new working Mom really can have it all. The rewards are many, but it takes careful planning. Today’s working mom needs to set goals and know her priorities and limitations. It also helps to have some useful tips to manage your time and personal resources.
Gone are the days when working moms are supposed to keep home and work separated like church and state. Much like our lives, the two can be interdependent, without crossing the line into excessiveness, Kendra Drozd, Wilton, CT, mother said.
When working from home, limit your home duties to breaks but not ALL breaks. You need time for you as well; time to enjoy a healthy lunch or maybe a walk around the block. Your mind and body require a break from the computer screen.
Focus on what inspired your business or why you love your job. Your kids will support you in what you do if they know that ‘they’ are the priority. Some home-based business endeavors are actually born from a family-focused perspective. Something about being a mom may have triggered a service or product that you, first hand, know other moms and families would love.
Allowing yourself time to be Mom, enjoy your kids, hear about their day and let them know you are there for them. Don’t forget or underestimate the value of what you’re teaching your little ones, when they see you working at a job that brings you satisfaction and a sense of purpose.
Success can be a double-edged sword, so a plan to carefully manage growth and expansion is essential to ensure the business doesn’t become the boss. According to “What Moms Think: The Working Mother Report” moms who view their jobs as a career—rather than just a paycheck—are more satisfied and feel more positive at work and a home.
The number one priority for moms is the family. At times, it can be a challenge to manage the demands of working from home and the needs of your family. Give yourself a break; just a little bit of time to decompress and breathe. This will allow you to refocus on the task at hand.
If you’re working at an office, don’t feel like you have to be 100% business all the time. You have breaks and lunch where you can throw in a few home-based duties.
● Pay a couple of bills
● Use the online registration system to sign up the kids for their favorite sport or activity
● Send that text to your teen to see how their morning has gone and what they’re up to
● Do your meal planning for the evening supper. No need to spend hours laboring over a dish; fake it, don’t make it. For example; add onions, lettuce and tartar sauce to frozen fish sticks and you have instant fish tacos.
As an entrepreneur, you’re able to recognize the value of opportunities and it’s tempting to become a ‘Yes-Woman’ – always responding positively to grow your business or expand your client base. Take on what you can and want to handle, so that it doesn’t take over your life.
Ambition in the workplace is a fantastic goal, but be sure to be honest with yourself about your limitations. If that next promotion requires a lot of out of town travel; make sure you have the support of your family. Without it, you may have to pass on the opportunity.
A great place to start to develop your Tip Toolbox is to network with other working moms.
“There is no point in trying to reinvent the wheel, especially when knowledgeable and experienced woman have already paved the way through their own lessons learned,” Kendra Drozd said.
Accessing great time savings tips from other moms can be as simple as connecting through Facebook for tech savvy moms. Share ideas over a cup of coffee while your kids have a playdate.
“One time saving practice that helps me, is packing snacks and lunches the night before rather than during the hectic morning rush,” Kendra Drozd said. “This helps minimize the chaos during the morning routine and set the tone for a good day.”
You can’t beat the feeling of being the mom who has successfully turned chore duty into some serious family fun time. You know you’re hit it out of the park when you share your creative plan to transform ‘pick up your toys and clothes’ chore into let’s go on a scavenger hunt. Throwing in the incentive of $0.05 or $0.10 per item as a way to earn some extra allowance is just pure genius. And let’s face it ladies, that kind of genius should be shared, far and wide.
Kendra Drozd, Wilton, CT, devoted mother of three, said that when women share what they have learned, it helps to make balancing work and home life a walk in the park.