With an increasing number of mothers entering the workforce every year childcare responsibilities can prove to be a challenge. In general, moms work for a variety of reasons, these can include providing a better future for their families; they are the sole wage-earner and have to go out to work to sustain the family economics or they enjoy working and wish to develop their careers.
Part time work
One way of dealing with the responsibilities of both a hectic professional life and providing a quality family life is to work part time. Provided that the income earned from this type of work is sufficient, then this labor pattern means that mom can pursue her professional life, yet still have enough time to fulfill commitments to her children and family. Many women try to obtain part time work when the children are younger and then return to full time work once they are attending school.
Another option is to investigate the possibilities of freelance work. As long as the family understands that when mom is working she should not be disturbed this a good way of letting the family know that mom is around, but also showing them that work is important and, except in the case of emergencies, she should not be disturbed when she is in her office. An increasing number companies use home workers for a variety of professions, home sewing, telecommuting, bookkeeping and many other types of tasks can be pursued from the home. More and more employers are positively embracing this method of employment. If moms do decide to set up as a freelance contractor then they might want to use the services of an umbrella company in order to keep their paperwork and tax affairs in order.
Share the load
There is no reason why mom should shoulder all the family responsibilities on her own. In some families dad is the person who looks after the household while mom goes to the office. Many of these decisions depend on the types of careers involved and some families have benefited from moving away from the more stereotypical environment.
Planning and negotiating
Try to have the whole family use a single timetable. In this way it is possible to see at a glance the different appointments scheduled by everyone and not miss out on important parent teacher meetings or the kids’ football matches. In this way mom should be able to enjoy real quality time with her children and other family members.
Many other people in the office will also have family commitments, so why not see if some type of job share could be implemented. This step will involve the employer’s HR department, but a happier office is a more productive office. Every worker should be allowed to incorporate family life alongside their corporate responsibilities. In the US alone, a survey found that 34% of working moms admitted to spending only three hours each day with their children; hopefully, some of the ideas put forward here might improve those statistics.