As a working mom, I have to be very good with managing my time. I enjoy a clean home, but I also know I can’t spend all day Saturday in the house.
Here’s one way I’ve altered my schedule to cut three hours of domestic work from my weekend.
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Schools are operating on a two-hour delay tomorrow, which means working parents are trying to figure out how to accommodate the schedule change. This is also a reminder of the value in building a strong support network.
A strong support network is key to managing work and life balance. Here are a few ways to build yours:
Talk to your neighbors. I met many of my neighbors at the bus stop. We’ve become friends and support each other. On days that I have an early meeting my kids hang out at the neighbor’s house before school and vice versa. This also works for carpooling, teacher workdays and delayed school openings.
Find a drop-in childcare location. This is EXTREMELY important. School schedules and work schedules are not the same and it’s best to research options for care before the first teacher’s workday or Fall Break. Our local YMCA has a great program and there are kid-friendly businesses (Bounce U, local kid gyms, etc.) that offer services, too.
Join a Mom group. I know, you’re thinking, “When am I supposed to fit this in to my schedule?”. Here are just a few reasons why you should make the time. I joined Mocha Moms when my first daughter was one. I enjoyed the experience so much it was the first group I looked for when we relocated to Charlotte. Through Mocha Moms I have found a great group of women that get what it’s like to be busy, but to want the best for your family. They share all types of resources that I would not have known about otherwise (or sometimes forget!).
Really, everything from family events to school deadlines to healthy recipes and more. Even more than that, I have met women that I am proud to call my friend and that can offer me support when I need it.
Consider your “sick child” plan. This is probably the hardest because you can’t send a sick child to drop-in childcare and if your friends have kids you don’t want to expose them to germs. Hubby and I usually take turns staying home with the child, but I am researching sitter services for my area.
Build a Babysitter list. I was traumatized this year when my go-to sitter moved. Now, I’m creating a list of sitters I can call for last-minute needs, date nights, etc.
A great way to build this list is to let your family, friends and teachers know that you are looking for potential sitters. Also, some preschool and daycare teachers babysit on the side.
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