by Barney Whistance, Contributing Writer
More mothers than ever are in the workforce. Ladies now make up half of all workers in the United States, with almost 4 in 10 homes having a mother that is likewise a working mother. Being a full-time working mom can prompt feelings of guilt and stress as a result of being stuck in the middle of work and family. For men it’s not all that hectic because they don’t have to manage household chores or juggle with their children’s homework along with their workload. However, moms go crazy and tend to lose their sanity. Well, if you are a working mother and can’t find the time to have a glass of water then you need to read this article.
Share the burden
It’s high time you start sharing the burden with your partner. If you can contribute to the household’s income then morally it’s his duty to participate in the responsibilities of children as well. This would make life so much easier at moments when you have to go to a parent teacher meeting but have a work deadline to meet, as well. This is where your partner can step in by going to the parent teacher conference or cooking a meal for the family if you got stuck with some work in the office or by picking and dropping the kid to school. These little responsibilities, when divided, make life so much more convenient.
Stop feeling guilty
Instead of beating yourself up on how you're not with your child, consider how your part in the firm is profiting the family. Maybe you can afford the cost of specific educational opportunities for your kids or you can save up for their college fees.
Don’t let other mothers bring you down
At times, other mothers can be really supportive of your decision; they boost your confidence and push you to achieve better goals. However, at times they could be very jealous that you’re doing so much better than them and they may feel the need to criticize you in order to satisfy their ego. Remember, only those who point fingers at you are the ones who are jealous of your success. So don’t think you’re a bad parent just because they say so.
Don’t be a pushover at work
Don’t let your office push you around. Don’t let them dictate terms to you that are unfair on you. Set your limits, tell them that you will leave the office at a certain time, every day, regardless of whatever happens. If you’re unable to complete an assignment, tell them that you will complete it from home.
An important thing to take notice of as to avoid running around like a maniac is being organized. Decide what you’re going to cook for breakfast tomorrow and what lunch are you going to pack for your children. Be sure to iron out all the clothes a night before. This means your children’s clothes, your husband’s shirts and pants and your blouses or dresses. Hire a day time nanny who can take care of your kids while you’re at work so she can take care of your children. That way you won’t have to run back and forth from your office worrying about their lunch time and putting them to sleep in the afternoon or taking them to the park.
Do each task at the right time
Moms get overburdened with office work and they can’t juggle between both, their family and work life together at times. They bring their work home and that way children may get neglected. Don’t waste time at work by Facebooking or using your phone, set a target and aim to complete it by the end of the day. If you do bring work home only do it when the kids are asleep or in school. Don’t work around them. Try to avoid multi-tasking.
After giving birth, you can expect to feel a variety of emotions, such as relief and joy. Along with that joy might come questions of what to expect, as well as how to care for your infant. Below are some newborn baby care tips that should help you care for your baby and relieve concerns and experiences you might encounter.
Feeding Your Newborn Baby
The decision to breastfeed or bottle feed your infant will be one of the very first decisions you will have to make as a mother. This decision should be made very soon after the baby is born so that he or she can feed. When making this decision, consider which option is best for the health of both you and your baby. Our Newborn Feeding Guide For New Moms might help.
Newborn Baby Sleeping Schedule
Newborn infants will be sleeping the majority of the time. This is completely normal. However, if your newborn baby is not sleeping much, that could be cause for concern. Newborn babies will not sleep through the night and should not be expected to, as they need to feed often. If you are concerned about your newborn’s sleep habits, always ask the doctors in the hospital before discharge (or your baby’s pediatrician afterward).
Diapering might be confusing at first, especially for those who have never changed a diaper before. Choosing between cloth and disposables is one of several things you may be pondering. You also might need to know exactly how to change a diaper, including how often to do so. There might also be concerns as to what a baby's stool should look like or whether or not to use any rash creams or powders. You can expect the doctors to instruct you about these subjects or refer you to the free classes in the hospital. Either will be very beneficial.
Some mothers may enjoy having visitors after birth, while others may not want to be bothered by anyone but another parent of the baby. Whatever your decision, be sure to make it clear before giving birth. That way, you don’t have the stress of unwanted visitors at the hospital.
Pacifiers have proven to decrease the risk of SIDS. They should be given to an infant shortly after birth. It can be helpful to bring more than one type of pacifier to the hospital, in case your baby does not prefer those offered in the hospital. You should expect the doctors to discuss pacifier use with you.
If your baby is congested, be sure to mention it to the doctors right away, as it could be a sign of RSV, a very serious illness, especially in infants. Preemies are the most at risk for this, but any infant can develop RSV. Always immediately inform the doctor of any congestion in your infant.
Infants rarely get a fever. A fever could be a sign of infection, especially RSV. Inform the doctor right away if your baby has a fever. Since you will still be in the hospital, the doctors may even discover the fever before you do. It is routine for the doctors to keep track of a newborn's temperature.
Lanugo is thick hair in places on the infant you wouldn't normally see hair. This will disappear over time.
Jaundice is when the baby's skin is yellow in color. This can be a sign of infection. If you notice jaundice, tell the doctors right away.
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Being a mother is undoubtedly and unarguably one of the hardest, if not "the" hardest job anyone can ever do. Yet, many moms will never get the recognition they deserve. I asked a variety of mothers what the hardest part about being a mom is. Here are their answers.
J. Paul from Aurora, CO answered: "The hardest part is a combination of two things. The first one is saying no to your children, but you do it anyway because you know it's good for them. The other part that's hard is when all the children grow up and leave and you're not really a mom anymore. You're still a mom in one sense, but not in the way you're used to. You really don't know who you are anymore. All you know is being a mom. You lose a big part of who you are."
A mom of one from Ephrata, PA wrote: "I guess, that somewhere along the way with worrying about everyone else you kind of forget yourself. Either that or natural childbirth. Ha ha."
Charlotte Kuchinsky (Charlie to her friends), a 57 year old mother to 2 and grandmother to 3 originally from Oklahoma, but now residing in Yorktown,VA wrote: "To me, the hardest part about being a mother was realizing that I couldn't be everything they wanted me to be. Mothers are human beings who make mistakes like everyone else does. However, kids have difficulty dealing with, and accepting, those flaws. Having your child look at you with disappointment, even for a truly minor infraction, rips a mother's heart into pieces. It was hard to learn that I had the right to mess up from time to time as long I handled it the right way. It ultimately allowed my children to know it was okay for them to make mistakes as well."
MaryAnn DePietro, a mother of one in Roseville, CA wrote: "The hardest part of being a mom for me is there is no time off. What I mean is, it's a hard job and you need a break every now and then. Sometimes I can't get another cup of milk, or play Candyland, or answer another "why "question. But there is never a day off. I guess when they leave for college you get a day off. I bet then I will look back and wish I was still playing Candyland. No matter how hard it gets I would never trade it.
M.S. Medina, a mother of four and now raising a grandchild as her own in Southern California had this to say: "The hardest thing to me about being a mom is having to let your kids go - let them make mistakes and learn from them, whether they are two or twenty-two."
Tracy from Houston, TX, who is a mother of 2 kids wrote this: "The hardest thing about being a mom, is your own expectations. You want to be perfect, when your children are naturally imperfect people. You may want them to have the best paying job when they grow up so you try to instill all these work habits, information, and hygiene in them before they even get out of elementary school (smiling). Then you try to provide the most stable home environment. In your mind your child is so fragile he or she couldn't even take a beatin' and keep on tickin'. You feel the child will turn out unbalanced, which all your reason knows your child won't with life's minor ups and downs, so to conclude, the hardest thing about being a parent is perfection. It's not possible, but all moms try to reach it for the well being of their children, so you are the hardest part in raising your
Ceetee Sheckels, a New York mother "stuck" in Iowa wrote: "The hardest part of being a mom comes approximately 18 years after you bring a child into the world."
Ambriel Maji, a mother of one in Pennsylvania said: "The hardest thing about being a mom for me is trying to protect your children when harm is being done and being thrown into brick wall after brick wall because the abuse is not enough or the child does not want to talk to a certain person at an agency. The child doesn't want to go alone with a stranger to talk to them or the room has new toys in it so it's much more interesting to play with new toys than talk about the bad things that are happening to them. It's hard watching something you know is happening and you can't prevent it , yet the courts tell you that you still have to send your child for a visit with the party that is doing the abuse.
Lorraine Hayden, a mother of 5 in Syracuse, NY wrote: "The hardest thing about being a mommy for me is dealing with the sibling rivalry between my 12 and 13 year olds. They compete over just about everything.”
K. Ray, a 41 year old mom of 5 in Albion, Indiana wrote this in response: "I personally feel that the hardest part about being a mom is finding the time to do the things I enjoy. I'm not saying I regret being a mom, but it's difficult to find time for activities other than taking care of the household and the needs of my family. However, I still cherish every moment with my kids because I realize that someday they will be grown, and I'll miss having them at home. I recall breastfeeding my daughter, and at that time I realized how precious those moments were. Moms shouldn't focus on the negative aspects of parenting because the kids won't stay little forever. My advice to other mothers would be to cherish special moments and try to engrain them in your memory. Someday you'll wish you could go back in time - even if for just a little while, to hold your kids again, spend time with them as children, and remember exactly all the little details that are so easy to forget."
A 27 year old mom of 1 in Houston,TX said: "The hardest thing about being a mom for me is not knowing , not having all the answers."
An anonymous mom said: "being a single mom and making sure my daughter has what she needs".
Kelly Spies, a 34 year old mother of 4 from Merced, California said: "The hardest part about being a mom is watching your your kids grow knowing that with each passing year, there is less and less you can do for them. When they are toddlers, you tie their shoes for them because they can't do it, but pretty soon they're dressing themselves and heading off to school in their car without you. When they get into trouble you can't always rush to their rescue because you know if you do, you will be hurting them later in life. The hardest thing to do as a mother is to sit by and watch your children struggle and stay quiet so they can figure it out on their own. They grow up fast and you still want to be able to help them, but you can't always do it. It makes you feel helpless as a parent because we all want the best for our children".
Bunting Resources, a mom of 1 in Washington had this to say: "I would have to say the hardest part about being a mom is the pressure that you have to do the right thing for your child. Every decision that you are making is affecting the rest of their life. Everything else pales in comparison of being hard to that pressure, which I am sure is there to help ensure that we all do what is best for our children.
One mom of 2 in Texas wrote: "That is a tough question. I reared my two girls alone and without a support system from the time they were 18 months and 6 y/o, so for me it was not having anyone to share the moments they make you proud; but in general, under normal circumstances, I think I would have to say it would be remembering the following:
You are not there to be popular with them or to be their best friend; but that your job is to turn out mature, responsible, moral, respectful/respectable and contributing members of society when they leave home to live on their own. Which means standing firm in the rules and disciplines they will have to follow in society when you are no longer there to fix everything for them. It is a difficult thing to do when all their friends are telling them their parents are too strict or controlling.
I say this with all confidence; because it is how things played out in the rearing of my girls; but I can honestly say, I had only one big challenge with each of them in all their lives-- different one with each; but only one of the huge fears we have about our children...you know...what if they get into drugs or promiscuous sex, pregnancy, trouble with the law...those type worries, so I must have done something right, even while working 2 full time jobs...one was convinced to take some OTC speed in 6th grade by an upper-classman and the other skipped a class and got caught, so I was very blessed.
They are both on their own with families of their own and I chuckle every time I see them handling their children the same way I did them...yep, Mom was too strict. LOL If only all parents were, the rest of us would not be getting cursed out by 4 year olds in the grocery check out line. So in a nut shell, the hardest thing about being a parent is to actually parent our children; but oh the rewards we (and they) reap when they are on their own if we stand firm and be the grown ups!"
About giving her credit for her words, she had this to say: "give it to GOD; because He is the one who trusted me to train them properly, even though I told Him I was not a good choice for the job, and He is the one that kept them safe while I worked 18 hours a day all those years and wasn't home to enforce the rules with my physical presence. There were many days I was so tired I just wanted to let them go and not worry about it for just a few hours; but I couldn't and I didn't."
Overview and Words from the Author:
As you can see from the comments above, mothers make many hard decisions and handle hard tasks every day. I believe that there are many different ways and methods to parenting. The important part is that we handle it with love and care. The hardest part about being a mom for me is realizing that we are not, and never will be, perfect, no matter how hard we try. I find myself trying to perfect everything I think will affect my children in the future. Sometimes it takes someone else to point out to me that I am trying way too hard.
In reading this article, I hope that other mothers will gain a better understanding of their abilities and parenting roles, as well as take time to reflect on themselves, even if just for a few minutes. Perhaps others reading this will gain more respect for what moms (and dads) do every day for their children. Maybe they can read this and be able to reflect upon what mothers might be thinking and how they can help them out from time to time.
Mothers, love and care for your children and cherish every moment with them, but don't forget to have a moment for yourself each day, no matter how small that moment may be. Don't forget that you are not perfect. Your children are a part of you and they will love you whether or not you have fresh-baked goodies every single day. Believe me, it took me a while to realize that one. I only bake once a week now. Ha!
Also, your children do not have to be involved in every single extra-curricular activity. All they really want is time with you. Playing five different sports or fun classes may sound fun, but don't forget all the stress that may come with it. Pick one favorite activity of your child's that you can enroll your child in. When that activity ends, your child can choose another. They don't all have to be done at once.
Take more family outings and simply enjoy being a mother. Eighteen years of childhood may seem like forever, but it will go by very quickly. Enjoy it while you can and stop trying to be perfect all the time. Things run a lot smoother when you are not hard-pressed and full of pressure that comes with trying too hard. Go with the flow and things will flow smoothly.
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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