Are you a working woman with a family?
Working women have to struggle with multiple tasks – those required of their formal jobs and those that are traditionally expected of them by the society. An example is housekeeping and looking after children.
Tips for working women with a young family and without a full-time domestic help:
Communicate With Your partner
Communicate with your husband about sharing household and domestic chores. This shouldn’t be a difficult process as your income also helps pay the bills and your husband must be a team player. A high priority should be the area of the children’s well-being and study supervision.
You should draw up a weekly chart to manage your time. This chart must be realistic and take into account your children’s tests, extra-curricular activities, household shopping needs. Remember to get the active involvement of your husband and kids.
Getting External Help
It is a good idea to source out for part-time external help to assist in the cleaning and cooking. Alternatively, you can seek the help of your parents to supervise the safety of the children or register your children to a nearby day care centre. However, it must be remembered that no amount of external help can substitute for quality time with your children. Try to set aside at least the weekends to spend undisturbed time with your family.
Concentrating At Work
Do not use company time to handle domestic problems unless it is of utmost importance. You are also entitled to take emergency time-off if needed so it is crucial that you keep your superiors informed.
Working Long Hours
It is important for you to strike a balance and important to inform your husband about your late hours so that your children are not neglected after their normal school hours. You can also request to finish some of your work at home if it requires computer processing.
Attendance of Official Functions
Inform your husband in advance if you are required to attend official events. If it is allowed, you can invite your husband to attend with you. This will allow him to get to know your working colleagues and fully appreciate your job responsibilities, and be more cooperative if you are required to work beyond the normal hours.
You have to consider about upgrading your skills. This may require pursuing further studies after working hours. Yet again, you should express your decision to study with your husband and family members so that logistical/financial arrangements can be arranged in advance.
(Source: streetdirectory.com, Tips for Working Women)