Jana Francis of www.steals.com
offers the following advice to help keep working moms in balance.
Keep Work and Home Separate, even if they are the same place! - Balancing kids and work at the same time can be just as hard if not harder at home than if you were at work. Your focus is divided while you're trying to work and be effective - at both! It's important that you become a smart worker and stick to your day's schedule by deciding what hours you will work and what hours you will have for yourself and your family. Also depending on your line of work, it's best if you can have a care provider at your home that can give your kids the full attention they need while you work.
Shop Smarter - Busy working moms need shop smarter too - to save time and money! Check out your pantry before you go grocery shopping. Majority of the time people stock up on food and forget about the items that are about to expire. Also, to cut back on those monthly bills, do your homework and shop around for the best insurance and cell phone plans to save you money. Slash monthly incidentals that accumulate on your credit card bill that you don't use anymore - such as magazine subscriptions or gym membership. If you're not using them, stop paying for them!
Eat Dinner In - Balancing a hectic work schedule with your family's activity schedule might make it difficult to eat dinner in - but it not only helps save you money, it ensure quality family time after a long day! It's a healthy alternative to eating out and won't take as much time out of your nights.
Know when to unplug - Cut back the use of your family's unnecessary electronics during the day, to help create more time engaging with one another. By putting your phone or computer away for a few hours you'll realize all of the extra time you have to do other productive things with your family! Plus, it may even lower your cell phone or monthly electric bill.
Create Time for Yourself - Sign up for a fitness class to keep in shape, join a cooking class or community group where you can enjoy time to yourself. Even if it's just for an hour a day, this will help you de-stress, relax and calm yourself to prepare for the next day!
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