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Finding Balance While Juggling a Career

Tips for the Working Mom

Working mothers in many fields experience conflicts between family life and advancing in their professional careers. But, you can be there for your family, while at the same time succeeding in your career.

"The trick is to have the right amount of support, both on and off the job," said JillXan Donnelly, President of CareerWomen.com. "Finding a great employer, babysitters and caregivers that match your desire for balance will make it all possible."

While having a great support system in place can be extremely helpful in making your life at work and home fulfilling, you also need to do your part to ensure the choices you make are going to best suit your multi-tasking lifestyle. These tips can help you down the path of balancing the load:

  1. Do what makes you happy. Don't sell yourself short by taking a job that just pays the bills. Conduct research prior to accepting to position to be sure your employer offers the time, money and resources that align with your priorities. Working Mother Magazine publishes its annual list of top 100 working-mother friendly companies. The best companies offer flextime, telecommuting, and health insurance for part-time workers, job-sharing, compressed workweeks and childcare resources and referrals.
  2. Strive for balance. You don't have to do it all, but make sure you squeeze in time for yourself while making sure your family is happy and your bosses are happy. Go to the gym, watch your favorite show or simply relax in a nice, warm bubble bath.
  3. Have a game plan. Plan meals in advance. Pack lunches, lay out clothes and check the calendar for after-school plans the night before. Work with your employers to plan a work schedule that is conducive to your ability to do your job and allows you to spend quality time with your family. Schedule quality family time, especially dinner, as frequently as possible.
  4. Remember you're not alone. You don't need to feel isolated in your new role of juggling your personal and professional life. Start a working mother support group at your office to share ideas over a brown bag lunch.

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