In the last half century, women have come so far in terms of their place and success in the professional world, yet many women are conflicted because they have less and less quality time with their families. Working moms are constantly looking for ways to achieve a better balance between their professional and home lives. Many career moms that I know suffer from ‘working mommy guilt,’ because they miss out on so many of the day to day events, and then they overcompensate with gifts or an abundance of activities on the weekend to make up for lost time. I dedicate this post to all of those fabulous working moms, in order to help them save time and nurture themselves so that they are more ‘present’ in their families lives. I hope you find it helpful!
1. Pre-Plan Your Meals
Taking the time to pre-plan your family’s meals is such an important time-saving gift you can give yourself. If you take the time each week to plan your meals in advance, this will alleviate a lot of stress, and ensure that your family eats much healthier than if you throw a meal together in the last minute, when you are hungry and tend to grab convenience foods. A couple of resources that you might find helpful with your weekly meal planning are Dream Dinners, where you can go and cook weeks worth of meals in advance and freeze them; and Kathy Kaehler’s Sunday Set-up, which offers recipes and guidelines for using Sunday’s to prep your family’s healthy meal ingredients for the week.
2. Shop Online at Your Convenience
The internet is one of the most fabulous creations of our time because you can find almost anything you want or need 24/7, which is both a curse and a blessing. However, for after-hours shopping when the kids are asleep, it is fabulous. You can browse, cost compare and buy anything you want from the comfort of your own home, often at significant discounts. This means no hassle, no lines, lots of deals, options, and most importantly, it does not cut into precious family time. One of my favorite online e-tailers is Zappos, because they have an amazing selection of shoes and the most streamlined free shipping/return policy on the Net.
3. Subscribe to Local E-Newsletters for Fun Things to Do
Our overly busy schedules leave us little time for planning things to do on the weekends, summer vacation or with our free time. And let’s be honest, sometimes we are just too drained and lack the motivation to plan inspired activities with our families. That’s why I suggest subscribing to a variety of online newsletters that will send you weekly things going on in your area like fairs, festivals, seasonal events, and kid-friendly happenings. One of my personal favorites is Kids Off The Couch, which offers creative activities to do with your kids paired with a learning component of some sort. I just love their creative suggestions.
4. Pamper Me Time
No matter how busy and crazed I get, I always take some time out each week (for this beauty maven it's everyday, but I know that’s unrealistic for most) for some pampering time. Whether it’s a mani/pedi, a bubble bath, facial mask, or a trip to the spa, it’s all good, and does wonders for both your mood and appearance. I actually have deemed Sunday night mask night, so every Sunday without exception, I do a special facial mask or a deep conditioning treatment, and I look forward to unwinding and enjoying each and every week. Some of my current fave pampering treatments are GlamGlow Mud Mask and Ojon’s Revitalizing 2-Min Hair Mask.
5. Bond with Other Moms
There is nothing like a mommy friend to get you through the day, someone who totally gets it and offers unconditional support. These friends are critical to my existence because I can be my true uncensored self and know they are always there for me. Local community centers and mommy blogs offer lots of insights and resources to give you support and perspective. If you are a new mommy, you should definitely enroll in a local mommy-and-me class to immediately connect with other moms who are in the same life phase as you are. Make an effort to find your posse and lean on them when you feel at your wit's end; you will be glad you did.
Romy is our resident lifestyle and beauty expert, and each week she shares some of her favorite rave-worthy products, services and ideas that tickle her fancy. For additional tips or answers to your specific lifestyle and beauty questions, please visit www.RomyRaves.com.