Working Mothers Striving for Balance by Lori English
It’s no surprise that Americans feel stressed out of due to the lifestyle they lead. Raising a family, having a career, and trying to have a relationship are just some of the many responsibilities that challenge the balance of living.
Women’s Roles Change
The workforce is different from the 1950’s women only twenty percent of mothers were working and 18.5 were unmarried. (National Bureau Of Statistics)
Now, Seventy percent of american children live in in households were adults are employed. The numbers have increased significantly over the last fifty years.
The difference is significant and shows how women are taking on a lot more responsibility than before and how is this affecting their mental health and physical health?
Many women have full time careers and take care of the family too, however, this doesn’t leave time for other fun and time for themselves?
According to the Department of Labor Women chart below shows an increase in women working. The chart explains the higher increase of women versus men. There are many ways to compare the differences of women and what type of work they perform.
At work there are many demanding tasks leave you feeling overwhelmed if you don’t have a plan of action. Create a to- do list that you made the night before so you are ready.
Organize your thoughts and a suggestion if you like to use a to do list then make it colorful and use what you need to make your priorities first.
There are many calendars that are free for use as well such as editorial calendar which is very helpful in organizing your work and setting goals.
Use a white board if you want to see your goals visually. If you are at a corporate job there are many programs that are allowed to use to make your work life a lot organized.
Calendars are great to use for organizing and helping prepare your daily tasks. Use your sticky notes and write down your work. You can find many resources online that can direct to time management.
Women and Balance
If you are searching for balance in your life then you can take stock what is your day by looking at your life fully. First being mindful is looking at what you are expected to do in a day. Working towards time management is always a plus when it comes to managing balance in your home life and work life.
In a study that was performed by the Pew Research Center 2013, states that women with children eighteen years or younger that are employed are three times as likely to say that it was harder for women to get an advance.
As a mother, daughter, wife, and career woman what are possible solutions that can help minimize the big work load?
The first suggestion is share the responsibilities in the household and this works well when you have two people that are willing to do the work and negotiate. In my practice .there are many married couples that do a wonderful job splitting up chores and work together to make their lives fun and the children are happy, too.
Being an active participant in your life involves work and making compromises. Adults who are motivated to their marriage and family work take the necessary steps to make changes.
If you are in a relationship and feel that you are overwhelmed with many responsibilities and feel stressed out ask for help . Don’t try to tackle everything on your own and be afraid to ask for help it will not work smoothly.Keep up the good work and be examples for your children.
The roles of women have changed immensely over the last fifty years, but it is our responsibility to teach our children to be examples and we are the examples so model well fro your children they depend on you.
Although you have a family and a full time job their are ways to incorporate time management skills into our daily schedule that can help us along the day. Using your time effectively instead of working too hard.
Skills are taught and manged and can help you find your own routine to decrease stress and concentrate on your family and their needs, too.
It is not an easy task to manage work and being a mother however, working together with friends, spouses, and other positive people in your life can increase the value of time you do spend with your children.