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The Juggling Act: Becoming a Successful Working Mother

Balancing work and family is a challenging task. You have to constantly figure out what takes priority at any given moment. A Pew Research study that was conducted between Nov. 28 – Dec. 5, 2012, found that 56% of working mothers felt stressed when trying to balance work and family responsibilities. They also discovered that 40% of working mothers always feel rushed. Despite these findings, 73% of mothers expressed that they were doing an excellent or very good job as a working mother. 

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What strategies can you implement as a working mother to feel successful as a parent?

1. Prioritize: Determine what activities are most important and focus your time and energy on those. This might mean saying no to some commitments or delegating tasks to others.

2. Create a schedule: A well-planned schedule can help you stay organized and ensure that you have enough time for work, family, and personal activities. Use a planner or calendar to schedule appointments, meetings, and family events.

3. Communicate: Communicate with your employer and family members about your schedule and expectations. Discuss any potential conflicts or challenges and work together to find solutions.

4. Take breaks: It’s important to take breaks throughout the day and disconnect from work to spend time with family. This can help you feel refreshed and energized for both work and family responsibilities.

5. Delegate: Delegate tasks to others, such as a partner, family member, or colleague. This can help lighten your workload and free up time for other important activities.

6. Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself is essential for balancing work and family. Make time for exercise, hobbies, and relaxation activities that help you recharge and reduce stress.

7. Be flexible: Be prepared to adjust your schedule or plans as needed. Unexpected events or emergencies may arise, and it’s important to be flexible and adaptable.

Best Quotes for Working Mothers

Balancing work and family is a constant process that requires attention and effort. Here are 30 quotes to help you with the balancing act. 

  1. “You can have it all, just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey
  2. “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.” – Jana Kingsford
  3. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  4. “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod
  5. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – Madam C.J. Walker
  7. “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” – Unknown
  8. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
  11. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  12. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  13. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  14. “Balancing the act of motherhood and a career can sometimes feel like an impossible task, but we do it every day.” – Kate Winslet
  15. “Being a working mom means you’re a wife, a career woman, and a mother all at once. It’s a beautiful and challenging balancing act.” – Michelle Obama
  16. “As a working mom, you may not have big chunks of time, but you have moments filled with love and purpose.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings
  17. “Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  18. “It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.” – Donna Karan 
  19. “Never limit yourself. You can be a mom and pursue your dream simultaneously.” – Unknown
  20.  “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing. You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” -Tina Fey
  21. “You are not a bad mom because you go to work each day. Similarly, you are not a failure because you left your career altogether. Choices regarding work and family are personal ” there is no one-size-fits-all method. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong.” – Candace Alnaji
  22. “A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman, but a beautiful woman with a brain is an absolutely lethal combination.” –Prabal Gurung
  23. “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it ‘perfectly’. Indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” – Arianna Huffington
  24. “We should go after our dreams and not be apologetic about it, but it’s scary. Whether you want to work or not, you have to do what makes you a fuller person. You have to love yourself.” – Catherine Reitman
  25. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had.” – Linda Wooten
  26. “For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me of what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.” – Michelle Obama
  27. “No mom can do it all on her own. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness! When you need help, ask for it! When you are asked for help, give it ” and offer it, too. In asking for help we can get past these too-hard-on-ourselves moments and instead build community with family, friends, and neighbors. Help ” given and received ” can help you achieve that acceptance of non-perfection ” and the outcome may be even better than your initial vision of ” perfect.’” – Jen Klein
  28. “Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.” – Sheryl Sandberg
  29. “As a working mother, I know that women can be both professionally ambitious and deeply committed to their family.” – Tory Burch 
  30. “I know my worth. I embrace my power. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story. I will.” –Amy Schumer

Balancing work and family as a working mother can be challenging, but it is possible. Ultimately, it is important for each individual to find their own balance and make choices that work for them and their families.


References

Parker, K., & Wang, W. (2013). Modern parenthood. Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project14.


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7 thoughts on “The Juggling Act: Becoming a Successful Working Mother”

  1. Practical tips and inspirational quotes provides reassurance for those seeking to not just survive but thrive in the demanding roles of both career and motherhood. Empowering too, for every working mom.

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