I have 2 kids under the age of 2
I am a full time Marketing Director for TBI and manage a team comprised of 8 women!
BIGGEST CHALLENGES AS A WORKING MOM:
My absolute biggest challenge is finding enough time to get errands done. Buying birthday or shower gifts, getting manicures, waxes, a haircut, etc. Weekends are for being with the kids, so it’s hard to take time away from them for a 2-hour manicure (dip powder is longer). Not to mention, with 2 kids under 2, it’s hard for just one person to handle this by themselves for long periods of time, so I feel the need to be there.
As a mom to an infant, the other most present challenge is finding time to hit the gym. When the new baby’s schedule isn’t set yet, they could be up at 5 AM to eat, making it difficult to find the energy to go to the gym at 6. I could, of course, workout at 7:30p/8:00p after I put the two kids to sleep, but if I’m hungry or tired, forget it! I’m trying to get creative with time management and am currently figuring out my workout schedule. I’ll let you know how it goes.
TIME SAVING TIP FOR WORKING MOMS:
Outsource. Both my husband and I aren’t handy, so we take up the motto, don’t spin your wheels trying to do what you can have others do for a small fee in half the time. The cost of my time (time to spend with the hubby, time to spend with friends/family) is far greater than that of the nominal fee of hiring someone to put something together (i.e. kid’s play kitchen).
How do you deal with the working mom guilt?
I try to keep the guilt in perspective. My job is hard, but I believe being a stay at home mom is the hardest job on the planet. There are no breaks, even during naps, you have to take care of something else you weren’t able to tackle while the kids were awake. It’s an often times a grueling, thankless job and can take a toll. Similarly, so is marketing, especially at a sales organization (LOL). I make up for the guilt of time away or missing potential milestones, by being there for bedtime most nights. I also try to take a day off here and there. I make up for it on the weekends by scheduling classes, music or swim. By the end of the weekend, I can tell that my older son has had enough of mom screwing up his routine!
CAN YOU HAVE IT ALL?
Well, I have my health, the love of a beautiful family and great friends and I’m happy, so I’d say yeah you can because I feel like I do. And if I felt like I didn’t or something was missing, I’d work to make that happen, too!