Hey, y’all!! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!
Truth be told: I am a busy girl….I manage three precious kiddos, their commitments, a photography business, this blog, a fun Stella and Dot gig, and much more. I can’t wait to share what’s worked for our little family and read about your awesome tips, too. 🙂 My best ideas always come from my friends, so I am excited to plug into this set of topics!
Today is all about balancing work and home life. Working mamas, I know you feel me on how hard this can be!
Tip 1: Keep a master schedule (and don’t overschedule yourself or anyone else in the family)
I use my Erin Condren planner for this, and then add everything to our Family Monthly calendar by our Laundry room. Rob prefers keeping track of the calendar via his phone which works great for him, and we make sure that we both receive all emails from coaches and teachers. That way if one of us misses something important in regards to the kiddos, there’s a good chance that the other one of us caught it instead. Also, don’t be afraid to say no to some commitments …For a long time, I said yes to everything, and I was miserable running around trying to do everything! Save your yes for the things that truly matter.
Tip 2: Know your Work Limits, and stick to them
Sometimes as moms, we have to protect our time with our kids and family…..the temptation to please others and let your work bleed over into your family time is there, but I am constantly reminding myself that I can’t be great at my job if I am worried about not filling my mom role first.
Tip 3: Don’t try to be SuperMom: Know what your good at, and the leave the rest to someone else
For the rest of my life, I will never be known as the mom who makes the Pinterest-worthy Valentine’s or that runs the PTO like a boss. I am simply not hardwired that way, but the good news is that when I step out of the way in those areas…I give room to let other mamas shine. Know where your strengths lie, and resist the urge to be a supermom! It’s not worth the added pressure!
Tip 4: Take Advantage of your downtime with your family
Every year from January-March, our family has a down period….there are less sports, my schedule is lighter, and we just operate at a slower pace. I try not to schedule much during this time, so when a busy season hits us….we’ve had time to just be a family…play board games, makes smores, impromptu barbeques, and naps together on the couch…it’s just so good to build up your family during those down periods.
Tip 5: Give yourself Grace
We all make mistakes, friends. There are going to be times where miss the mark at work, or we feel like we don’t give enough to our families…Give yourself grace! We are never going to be perfect, and not dwelling on our shortcomings is the best way to move on to the next day!
Thank you so much for the fun link up today, friends!
Also, before I wrap up, I wanted to remind our Blardigan Blessing recipients to email Shay at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get your Blardigan!
Angela Tuchscherer- Susan
Owl Mom- Tracy Brown
Jodi Guntle- Rosie
Celeste Clark- Alison D.
Jill Thompson- Michelle B.
Jennifer McDonald- Jill W.
Caroline- Wendy Crawford
Mollie- her best friend Molly
Julie- Lisa Fowler
Ursula Evertt- Brenda
Heather Hernandez- Shannon
Denise Domingue- Sequoia
Katie- Elise Bethel
Christine Wilken- Robin
Emily- her older sister Holly
Jen Weber- Becky
Meredith Hollowell- L.A.
Laura Cox- Karen
Happy Monday, friends! XOXO Narci