Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
I’ve been a working mom for about 5 years now and I know that the whole work-life balance notion is silly when you want to do it all by yourself. I know this to be true as I've tried the whole superwoman routine for a bit, and after a while it does start to affect your well-being and health when you're trying to keep up with the pace of everything. With a busy schedule, I guess you learn rather quickly to have realistic expectations.
So the "Million Dollar Question": If you know you can’t do it all, what do you give up? I've asked random mom's and the following answers are the most common:
- Time with friends
- Time with spouse
- Keeping the house clean and organized
Everything other than “Keeping the house clean” are all of the things that are really important in life and are things that make us happy, fulfilled and healthy. The answer to not being able to do it all can’t be not doing things that make you happy... or do you just find ways to work everything in when you can? It's a struggle for sure. Personally, when you have two toddlers, and house work slides, well let's just say my house will never be on the cover of "Better Homes and Gardens" anytime soon! ha ha. One tip I have learned is I enlist my children in clean-up time, which not only helps mommy and daddy out but teaches them to be responsible for messes they've created.
So with that said, I have tried all the above and it is a real inner battle between my “perfectionist self” and my “realistic self”, talk about a tough decision? Right? My quest today is: I’m looking for suggestions, and hoping you can share some of your ideas with all the working mom's and dad's out there!
What are the things you let slide to keep your sanity as a working mom or dad?