Summary: In this week’s episode, I talk about getting back into the swing of things as a working mom and entrepreneur. I have definitely been falling forward these days, and I want to talk about how I move on from those feelings.
Here in the Midwest, things are starting to reopen slowly but surely. As a working mom and entrepreneur, I am used to juggling quite a bit. Just keeping five kids alive while building a business has been crazy. My husband, Soren, and I have had our share of schedule mishaps recently. Looking back, we had a good laugh but we are so out of practice of being busy. While I am grateful and excited for sports and music lessons to return, it also means returning to that feeling of constantly rushing, being late, and being embarrassed of our tardiness. I think a lot of working parents struggle with this feeling especially managing so many competing schedules. So, I want to talk about some things that are helping me through this time of adjustment.
Create a system that helps you.
I like using a whiteboard calendar, and I assign everyone a color. I have a calendar for meal planning. Meals with sports practices are so hard, but if you can plan meals and mealtimes, it will save so much time and money. Sync your phone calendar with your partner, so you have those appointments on a calendar you can both see.
Expect your best-laid plans to fail and give yourself grace for that.
No matter how organized you are and how much you try, something will slip. Expect it to happen. We get the most frustrated and embarrassed when we are surprised our plans don’t work out. We have unrealistic expectations for ourselves. You will miss an email. You’ll get the time of day wrong. You can handle it if it doesn’t work out. I’ll say it again – expect it to happen.
Be willing to ask for help.
From your spouse, a babysitter, your mother, or mother-in-law. Be grateful for those around you, and compliment them when they have it all together. Because it’s hard. And when it all comes together, we should celebrate that. Part of that frazzled feeling is just wounded pride, so be grateful and humble. Apologize or say thank you.
As humans and especially as parents, we are juggling a lot – we are sometimes going to drop the ball. But that shouldn’t stop us from showing up to play. Our kids will understand not everything always works out – and we can all have a laugh about it later.
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