Hi, I’m Molly, and I’m a mom.
Definition: one who is very skilled at hiding toddler snot all over their shirt, and watching the same TV show on repeat for weeks at a time.
Being a mom is probably the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Not only because of the stitches in my hoo-ha from my bundle of joy exiting my body (#greatestdayever), but also because of the personal victimization I incur on a daily basis from her calling me a stinky poo poo face.
But, not only am I a loving mother, I am also a working mom. This means I get to leave my toddler at home almost everyday–to go deal with adults that behave…mostly like toddlers. These ones are much harder to put in time out. FYI, I tried spanking once, and HR was contacted, so maybe try a different approach–no dessert?
Anyways, you’re probably wondering what riveting advice I have for you. I am going to talk to you about how to instill a good work-life balance. Really what this means is ‘how do you work 40 hours a week and still have time to do the laundry’, answer–I don’t. I just take clean clothes out of one hamper and put dirty clothes in another hamper.
Great system. We’re down to only getting the hampers mixed up about twice a week.
All jokes aside, here are three things that I do to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
First, I make sure that I keep everything separate. Work stays at work, home stays at home. Of course I talk to my husband about my day, tell him things that went on, annoyances, etc. But you have to leave any negative vibes at the door.
If work just totally sucked a big dirty sock (out of the dirty hamper of course), you need to find a way to stop that negativity before it affects your family, and ruins everyones night. Take a longer drive home, play some really loud Kelly Clarkson, and just chill out.
That way, when you get home, you are calmed down, and ready to spend your evening with the people that love you.
Second, you need to take some time to be selfish. If you never have any time to yourself, you will go crazy. I repeat–you will go crazy! Go to the store by yourself, take a bath, force your significant other to take the children, for your own sanity, and binge watch Catfish while shoving cheetos into your mouth.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. Mostly the cheetos. If you skip this step, you will become bitter and jealous. Of your partner…of your friends…of everyone.
Lastly, and probably the most vital, you need to hop your happy working ass on pinterest, and find those meal prep plans, yes the ones with rubbery chicken and asparagus. You need to get an agenda, check your app store, they have maybe a million, and get organized. I wake up with my toddler, workout, shower, eat breakfast and make a smoothie to take to work.
Evenings are still up in the air (I only have half of my shit together, okay?). Having a little schedule with everything planned out, takes so much stress away from me, and less stress equals happy mom.
Becoming a mom is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. But it has also been the craziest thing that has ever happened to me. My life has been a roller coaster ever since my child was born. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day.
Just remember, that you can only stretch yourself so thin.
Now take motherhood and own it. Own it in that pencil skirt and sleek updo.
This is one of the best guides to staying sane while being a working mother.