All parents know how hard it can be to juggle their careers and their growing families. A new documentary, “Having It All,” focuses on three mothers who do their best to balance their careers and families.
Being a working mother and employer, CEO/founder of FlexJobs, Sara Sutton Fell, knows firsthand the challenges that working mothers face. Sutton is also the founder of Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility and knows that while caring for her family is important, she also needs to support her coworkers in their needs at work. Having worked with over one million job seekers, she regularly hears how important it is to have work flexibility as a parent. For that reason, Sutton feels that the documentary can be beneficial in starting conversations between parents and employers.
In Jim Gold’s article for MoneyTalksNews, the movie is described as being pointed toward helping parents feel that they are less alone in their struggles to balance all aspects of their lives. According to the article, the documentary surrounds three women who each face different obstacles in juggling their responsibilities.
As for how to tackle some of the most daunting tasks that face working mothers, Today.com offers advice on how to organize and prepare some tasks that many mothers have most difficulty making time for.
Mornings are often times of the most struggles. If you find that you are running out of time in the morning while getting you and your kids ready to go to work and school, there are some minor changes that can be beneficial to you. One of the easiest ways to do this is by making sure all bags are packed by bedtime. Prepare all backpacks, diaper bags and any other crucial bags, making sure they contain all of the necessary contents the night before they will be used. This will save you time in the morning so you can focus on eating and getting dressed instead of searching for missing items.
It is always a good idea to set a flexible time frame for when you will complete certain tasks. Get a general idea of when you will run errands or clean the house so you can plan around them. This will leave time in your schedule for other tasks and will help you feel more organized. When doing this, it may also be helpful to plan meals for the week. While some people do not find this useful, others gain many advantages from setting a menu so they can allot time around cooking and other tasks.
Some other helpful tips are to wake up an hour before your kids so you have time to get yourself ready for work and the kids can be taken care of once they wake up. You can also plan outfits and pack lunches the night before to focus on making breakfast and getting dressed. Even though it usually doesn’t happen, plan to arrive at destinations 30 minutes early to leave extra time in your schedule. Think of some quick and easy meals that your family enjoys that will save you time, including breakfast for dinner. Lastly, keep take-out menus in the car for the nights when cooking dinner feels too strenuous.
All parents experience the struggle of working and raising a family. Plan accordingly, buy a crock pot and make your schedule!
For more information on the documentary, visit: http://www.moneytalksnews.com/can-have-all-film-features-new-moms-juggling-career-family/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=email-2016-02-25-am&utm_medium=email