10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Becoming a Working Mom
The topic of “working moms” has gotten tons of buzz in recent years. Can working moms have it all? Is balance really possible? I would ask myself these questions too. Turns out that “balance” and “having it all” are still widely considered elusive concepts, so the good news is I’m not alone. When it comes to doing what we really love, managing our family life, and still making time for our loved ones and ourselves—all while looking like we’ve got it together—the struggle is real. Here are the things I wish I’d known in advance, if only to help me prepare and recognize that we’re in this together. Have any mom-to-be friends? These 10 tips will help them make it work while they werk.
Mornings are a time-crunch battlefield, so use dry shampoo when you need to skip a hair washing sesh. Shoutout to topknots and braids for also serving as “bad hair day” hacks.
Weekends are now reserved for running errands, food prep for the week ahead, and birthday parties. Whatever time you have to yourself is money, and it’s up to you to decide how to spend it. (Spin and juicing, or brunch and mimosas?)
Sadly, when we don’t have time or are too tired after a long day, finding a window to exercise can be challenging. Here’s where workout apps, e-books, and online exercise routines come in as solutions to get your cardio fix, at home or in your office (if possible). Or, find a workout buddy to attend a cycling class instead of brunch with on the weekend.
Tip: Schedule all workouts while planning your week, and put them in your calendar as you would a regular meeting.
It’s best to catch up while in transit, which is multitasking at its best. If no one is available to chat, podcasts and audiobooks are great ways to maximize your commute.
You might hate delegating, but sometimes you’ll need to relinquish some control to get things done. “Perfect” will need to make way for “good enough” in times when you need help. Try to let go and graciously accept help when it’s offered.
Gossiping over lattes will be replaced with blasting through your inbox. You’ll be amazed by how much you now get done at the office—because, well, you have to.
Confession: I’ve always been a fan of eggs for dinner. Sometimes cereal, waffles, and eggs become a life-saving solution when you haven’t had time to prepare a meal. (Again, sometimes “perfect” will need to make way for “good enough.”)
No explanation necessary.
There’s power in numbers,and having those mommy friends you can turn to for advice or to lend a simple “you’ve got this” can help you power through.
That feeling of coming home after a long day to bedtime snuggles and dancing through all the happy chaos is #goals.
What is one piece of advice you would give to expectant moms?