Every day this month, I will be featuring an interview with a working mom just like you. It’s called A Day in the Life of a Working Mom.
We’ll learn about what she does for work, her family life, and….her tips/tricks for getting everything done.
Tell us about your family (married, significant other, children’s ages, etc.).
I am married with 3 children, 2 by marriage and 1 by birth. The kids ages are 13, 10 and 3.
Where do you live?
I live in Raleigh, NC.
What do you do for a living?
I am an Association Management Professional.
How do you fit blogging into the mix (if it’s not your “day job”)?
Honestly, blogging is my outlet. I do not write on a daily basis, however try to at least write one post a week.
What is your typical day like?
I work full time, so my work day is from 8:30-5:00pm. My mother is the caregiver for my 3 year old so she takes and picks her up from preschool for me. After getting off in the evenings if I typically go home and prepare dinner for my family and catch up on everyone’s day.
I am very active in my church ministry and am also in graduate school, so some evenings I either have a ministry meeting, class, or homework to complete. So after all of that I really do not have a “typical” day, it really just depends on my schedule for that week.
What’s the best thing about being a working mom? What’s the hardest thing?
The best thing about being a working mom is being able to help provide for my family. I want my children to know that they can be just as successful if they work hard.
The hardest thing is not having time to do it all. I hate that I’ve missed important events, like my baby’s first steps, because I had to work. I would like to be more involved, not having to always say “Mommy has to go to work.”
Do you experience guilt associated with being a working mom?
Very much so. Like I mentioned above I want to be a hands on mom and with a full time job that just simply cannot happen all the time. Either I’m missing an event or I’m too tired to do something extra with the kids.
How do you handle day to day responsibilities (meals, laundry, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, Dr. appointments, school meetings, etc.)?
I wish I could tell you that I have it all together and everything gets done on a solid schedule. Truth of the matter is, it doesn’t. However I try to make sure to prioritize on a weekly basis to make sure that I do not forget something.
We do laundry once or twice a week, Saturdays are clean up days outside of washing dishes nightly, I try to plan dinners out at the beginning of the week. Key word there is try, some nights it just doesn’t happen and we end up eating out. I’m working on getting better at that though.
What are your top 3 – 5 tips for keeping everything together?
1. Pray – Remember that you can do nothing without the guidance of your Heavenly Father
2. Prioritize – make a to do list and stick with it.
3. Play – make time to take a break from it all
Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think would encourage other working moms?
Remember to make time for you! We all need a break and can’t get it all done in one day!
What was helpful that you can apply to your work mom life?
Let me know in the comments below. If you have an extra moment, head over to give that working mom some love!
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If YOU would like to be featured, send an email to raki at outsidetheboxmom dot com. If all of the October spots have been filled, I will feature your interview in a continued series.