Making sure that your kids get enough quality time when you’re a working mom can sometimes be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you be present for your kids even though you go to work each day.
I love my children with my whole heart. I also love what I do. As a business woman, I love to work with people around the world to make Sophie's World happen. That’s my Call, and I love it. But, I love being a mom even more - and I don’t want to sacrifice my children for my own purpose. And I’m sure that you don’t want your career to negatively impact your family either. So, what are some ways that you can get in some real quality time with your kids, even as a working mom? I’ve got some suggestions.
The first thing to remember is that quality time can happen any time of the day.
It doesn’t have to be reserved for a specific time. One of my favorite times of the day to spend some quality time with my children is in the morning before they head off to school. My daughter wakes up an hour early just so that we can spend some time together before the day gets rolling. We talk, watch a quality television program together or play some kind of cute game to start the day.
Evening is my son's time. When the little one is in the bed, we chat, we watch a good movie or play cards.
Then of course there is breakfast. I try to prepare family breakfast every day. They start the day with a full tummy and we get even more family time in. Now you may not be able to get up that super early to prepare a big breakfast before school and work, but this works even with a bowl of cereal or some scrambled eggs.
Another way to prioritize quality time with your children is to try to take all of the holidays off with them. I know that this isn’t something that every working mother can do all the time – but as much as you can, try to position yourself to spend the holidays at home with your kids.
If you utilize daycares or babysitters, try taking a day off from work or leaving early every once in a while. This way, the kids can come home after school instead of going to the daycare. Have some yummy snacks waiting and spend the entire afternoon with them. A friend of mine who works outside the home tries to do this once a month. Another friend of mine goes to her child’s school to have lunch with him at least once a month. They both enjoy it so much.
There’s also family night. Friday nights and Saturday afternoons are reserved for my family. We have game or craft night at home, cook together, go on outings, have picnics, and really celebrate each other during these times. My kids really look forward to it and we have a blast. It doesn’t have to be a Friday or Saturday – it can be any day of the week. A good friend of mine makes her family day Sunday so that church is included followed by dinner and activities. A mom in my daughter’s ballet class makes it midweek. She works weekends but always has something great planned for her family on Wednesday or Thursday nights.
If you can't spend too much time with your kids, the importance when you are with them, put your phone on silence. Concentrate on them. I realized if I play 30minues with my kids actively afterwards they can play 1 hour alone, meanwhile I prepare dinner or laundry. So rather have intensive time with them.
Mommy's time, daddy's time. Agree with your partner which of you if when with the child. You don't need to be all the time 2 of you. Reserve the whole family event for breakfasts, dinners, picnic, camping... and so.
There are tons of ways to carve in quality time with the kids when you’re a working mom. All you need is a little bit of creativity!