Feeling guilty going back to work
Balancing work and motherhood (Part 1 of 5)
Feeling guilty going back to work. Any mom who tries to balance work and being a mom can tell you that sometimes the feeling of guilt can wash over them, however finding the balance and not letting guilt consume you is the trick.
It can be a challenge to balance being a mom and an entrepreneur. At times you may feel guilty, and that guilt can cause an internal battle. You feel guilty for not working, then you feel guilty for working too much. Some days you think your business isn’t doing well because you’ve been hanging out with your kid and other days you feel like your neglecting your child because “duty calls”.
Both working and being a mom are beneficial to your family and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Working allows extra splurges, like taking your kiddo out for ice cream, or enjoying a movie night. Or having some extra money to pay a babysitter to watch the kids while you go treat yourself to some alone time for an hour or two. All of those are important to the health of you and your family.
There will be easy days, and there will be hard days. It’s so important to not push down the guilt, but instead talk about your feelings with a friend or companion who would understand. Use that time to talk through your struggles and try to come to terms with the fact that no choice is a bad choice, but rather, not making a choice is what will hold you back in life.
One of the ways that I have fought off the burden of guilt is by prioritizing my day.
Here are a few examples that can help you prioritize your day and give enough attention to both being a mom and working from home.
1. Split your day in two parts (example: Work your butt off in the morning. Like, no breaks, stay at your desk and work from 8:00am-2:00pm). During that time put on some fun educational videos for your kid, have a babysitter come over and help your child with flash cards or just take them to the park. Then have your child take his/her afternoon nap (if they’re still napping) and once he/she wakes up switch roles and include them in the rest of your day. Have some mommy and me dates. You can even combine work and play. For instance, If your ideal client is a mom, you can go to child art classes, head to the pool or take your kiddo to the park, play arts and crafts, learn numbers, words and just hang and enjoy your child. Find something your client loves doing and you can incorporate that into your own schedule as well. In this way you are building your relationship with your child, while also building relationships with other people who could become your clients.
2. Switch it up. If you and your husband both work from home. You can always switch. One of you take care of your child in the morning while the other works, and switch roles in the afternoon.
Depending on your schedule and your business, you may have to work longer hours than just half day. In this case you can always work extra after your little ones goes to bed. You may have to stay up a little later or wake up a little earlier, but you also get to work from home and spend more time with your child. Not many people can do that.
I’ve found that splitting the days and working harder and smarter instead of “longer hours” has helped me seriously improve my lifestyle. Stay tuned for a blog on how to worker harder and smarter with shorter hours instead of working all day.
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