Your Career Starts In the Classroom
July 12, 2016

Being a mom has the potential to be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs that any person could uncover.

However, that gratification and fulfillment does not come without its challenges. Having a child, or multiple children for that matter, requires seemingly never-ending to-do lists, errands to run, meals to prep and make, responsibilities to take on, and roles to fulfill. This can leave any set of parents exhausted and with little time for themselves. That task becomes even more difficult for a single parent. And again, even more difficult if that single parent has to also meet the demands of a full-time job or career.

It is no surprise that many of these moms have put themselves and their interests on the back burner. Between being a mom and having to carry out the responsibilities of work as well, there is little time left for- well, anything else. Though it is easy to forget, we hope that it will not be difficult to recall that the importance of balancing life, family, and work is astoundingly important. It’s not only for the sake of time either, but also for the sake of those same moms’ emotional and mental well-being. Having that essential balance is extremely significant, because once the exhaustion kicks in, and though you may be making time ends meet (but just barely), the quality of that time and of those end outcomes can easily be lacking.

So, with the endless amount of tasks to check off and things to get done, how do we reach that balance?

The best way to find that balance is to alleviate and minimize your workload. I know what you’re thinking: “That’s easier said than done for single moms!” However, perhaps we’re missing one important factor –the re-delegation and reorganization of family and at-home responsibilities. This all should be considered within the realms of delegating the tasks in an age-appropriate manner, but I am sure that can go without saying.

For example, let’s take a look at the household task of grocery shopping. Considering the long list of groceries that you have to stock up on in any given week, this is a perfect example! A good way to reorganize this duty is to divide up the list among mom and children. By doing so, not only will you substantially decrease the amount of time you spend at the supermarket, but you will also put your children in a situation in which they can learn and learn to help.

Using a task such as this as an example can facilitate the balance that is so important and lead to quality time in each area of your life.