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November, 2013

29 Nov 13

Making sure a working mum’s children don’t feel neglected

Time flies when you are a busy working mum. We begin the week making promises to spend more time with family, but before we know it, the entire week has slipped by, and we’ve spent most of our time not with your children, but with work. Whether you are working out of financial necessity or for your own well-being, the work-life balance can be challenging for mum and kids, who don’t see each other as often as they’d like. It’s easy to feel guilty, but there are certain things you can do to make sure your children don’t feel neglected because of your schedule. Breakfast bonding and lunch box notes I like to give my boys Jack and Rodger little reminders throughout the week that I love them so they never doubt it, even if I’m not around. I find that the kids are most receptive in the morning than in the afternoon […]

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18 Nov 13

Staying positive as a working mum

With everything that we working mums must juggle, staying positive can be difficult. When you’re tired, stressed, and haven’t had any me time in ages, of course it’s hard to maintain a good attitude! But it’s important to fight negativity because negative thinking can easily grow into negative situations, which can translate into unnecessary problems for you to deal with. Moreover, negativity affects your happiness, and an unhappy mum means an unhappy family. On the contrary, positive thinking can have beautiful results. It’s a skill that takes some time to learn (at least, it did for me!), but with a little practice it can become second nature. Smiles and kindness No matter how sad you feel about a situation, smiling is a great way to alleviate stress and help change your frame of mind for the positive. Also, try finding the humour of the situation and laughing about it. If you are […]

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15 Nov 13

Finding a reliable baby-sitter

It had been a long couple of weeks. Being a working mum to two young boys is exhausting! Thank goodness that the weekend was finally here, and I had some long-awaited me time planned for my husband and I – dinner and a movie – and a baby-sitter booked to look our sons at home. But only a few hours before our date, I received a message from the baby-sitter: “I’m so sorry, but I won’t be able to come over after all.” There went our evening out! When free time is at such a premium and your limited social life hangs in the balance, there is nothing quite as crushing as having to cancel plans that you have been looking forward to all week. That’s why finding a reliable baby-sitter whom you can trust is so important. I learned the hard way! Ask friends or family No one knows […]

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13 Nov 13

Should working mums feel guilty?

As a working mum, you trade hours with your children for hours at the office. Whether we are working for financial reasons, for the love of the job, or both, we working mums feel guilty from time to time for our choice. I know I do! As long as we remain loving, hands-on mothers to our children, we shouldn’t feel guilty. After all, our work ethic sets a good example for our kids! But simply telling ourselves not to feel guilty doesn’t always get rid of the negativity. So how can we deal with this nagging feeling? Self-reflection A bit of self-reflection can help you put things into perspective. Make a list of reasons why you work, and carefully read them over while asking yourself, “Is this best for my family?” Is it for the money? Clearly, you are doing the right thing. Is it for your happiness? You are […]

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05 Nov 13

Tips for working mums who have trouble falling asleep

I often used to have trouble falling asleep come bedtime. It’s not that I wasn’t tired. In fact, as a married working mum with two sons who wakes up at 6.30 every morning, I was (and still am) exhausted! But when you are busy and engaged all day, it can be hard to turn off your brain at night, which can prevent you from getting enough sleep. Sleep loss can have a negative impact on your day-to-day performance. Lack of sleep causes stress, affects your decision-making, and can cause weight gain. It can also contribute to a negative mentality. We don’t want any of that! So if you are finding it tough to wind down after a long day, here are some of my tips. Establish a bedtime routine Having a regular bedtime routine has really helped me fall asleep better. Reserve the hour before your bedtime for some quiet winding-down time, […]

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