You’re Going to Be Late
The truth is, no matter how hard you work to make your household a well-oiled machine, kids are fantastic at tossing a wrench in it. Experts, in fact. It could start with breakfast suddenly becoming “icky” (even though they had the same thing just yesterday). Suddenly the tag on their underwear is a showstopping issue, their socks feel weird in their shoes or they decided that their wake-up time was just too early. Any number of things can throw off your morning and before you know it, you’re a half hour late to work.
It will happen.
But it’s not the end of the world!
First thing you need to remember is to keep moving. No matter what happens in your morning, it’s worth it to power through. We know you’re going to want to quit after the fifth pair of rejected socks, but don’t. You’ve made it this far, and it’s true what they say–it’s better to be late than not follow through at all! You got this, SuperMom.
Odds are, you looked for a flexible job from the get go, and that’s great–if you managed to score employment somewhere (like a small, family-owned place or a locally-owned business) that can be sensitive to your needs, that’s great! It’ll help take the pressure off for the few times you have to be just a smidge late.
But if you find yourself working for a chain store, a large corporation or some other decidedly impersonal company, it can be a little tricky. We recommend getting close with a manager or boss who can advise you.
You’ll Need to Rise Early
Working moms are usually the first ones at the office, or taking the earliest shifts because that leads to being able to leave earlier than your typical nine-to-fivers. If you opt for aftercare, or just have grandma picking up the kiddos (both of which are completely fine, by the way), you still want to get out of work before five or six (so that you actually have some time to spend with your little ones). If it helps you to switch shifts to an earlier one, or show up at the office at seven instead of nine, then make it happen! Often your boss will be happy to help.
Snagging some extra hours in the morning can relieve a lot of the after-work pressure!
Can We Pull Off Home-Cooked Dinners?
We know–if you aren’t home till five and your partner isn’t home till six, making a healthy, home-cooked meal can become a huge chore. Often you may find yourself choosing take-out because it’s just one less thing you have to worry about. And while few kids would turn down pizza every day, it’s…not ideal.
The solution? Stock up.
This week, pick one day to make three extra freezer-friendly meals–and always keep them on hand! If a day comes when you can’t find it in yourself to cook (and you will get there), you can still have a nutritious and delicious meal ready to go–without hitting the drive-through.
(You can find amazing make-ahead recipes on Pinterest!)
You’ll Run Into Childcare Issues
Of course, more than you are a saleswoman, manager, teacher, or retail worker…you’re a mom. You want the absolute best childcare for your kiddo–and that can be difficult to come by. Aftercare and other after school programs can keep your child entertained until you can get home. But if that doesn’t work for you, you might consider organizing a babysitting co-op, or just hiring some help! Of course, asking grandma, grandpa, or a sibling to pick up your little one and spend some time with them!
Just remember–people’s lives change, aftercare can be cancelled, daycares don’t always “work out”. You’re going to always want to work with your spouse or trusted friend to swoop in and save the day if suddenly your plans change and your kid ends up stranded!
Anything that can happen, will happen–a number one rule for mothers everywhere! Keeping that in mind, remember to be flexible–if you need to leave work because your kid is sick or in trouble, do it. If babysitting arrangements fall through, always have a backup plan. Planning ahead and being prepared can make your hectic life as a working mother so much easier. You can do this–moms are amazing, and you are no exception!