“Mom I need a snack”, “Mom when is dinner going to be ready?”, “Mom (insert siblings name here) is bugging me”. These are the outside noises that are constantly being yelled, shouted, screamed and bellowed every single day. As a mom these are the outside stressors that are common to all mom’s, but what about the inside noises that I hear…”This post needs to go up”, “I have to finish this review”, “I still have to fold the laundry”, “What should I make for supper tonight?” etc…. And my husband wonders why I am stressed out.
Trying to maintain the work-life balance is a struggle for me and I am sure most other mom’s out there. All these demands place a constant stress on my life. So what is a girl to do? Lucky for me I have a great support in my household. My hubby is often what keeps me grounded. He is always the first one to help with supper and has been known to do a load or two of laundry (but not the whites…don’t get me started on that one).
I realize I am blessed because of my supportive husband, but what would have to change in my world to make it less stressful.
Jim Croce sang a song call “Time in a Bottle”, and while I like the idea of saving time in a bottle, I know this cannot happen. Instead I will have to re-learn how I operate. We can go to school to be doctors, lawyers, accountants but last time I checked, I can not got get a degree to be a mom. Re-learning is something that moms constantly have to do. This is a never ending process; I have to start to changing my perspective and see change as a pleasure. Change in life is inevitable and if we start seeing this as a joy rather than a source of frustration, then I can start to be more positive with life. While change is sometimes scary, if we handle it right, we will be ok.
I’ve noticed how women so often feel caught between their interests in family life and their creative or career aspirations. I wonder if it has to be this way. What would have to change—in your life, in people’s attitudes, or in our society—for women to have an easier time managing work-life balance? Share your answer below to be entered to win a Haier microwave for your family along with an additional microwave to be donated to the Food Bank for New York City!