20 Ways To Fulfill Your Mommy Role When You Go To Work Everyday
More often than not, working-out-of-home moms feel guilty about leaving their children at home (aaww...
More often than not, working-out-of-home moms feel guilty about leaving their children at home (aaww, talk about ages zero to pre-school) to spend eight or more hours a day or five days a week, to go to the work place and make a living. If you're a working mom, are you one of them?
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I used to be one, I admit. But things changed when I changed my own perspectives about family life and work. I thought, it doesn't make me less of a mother if I go out to work everyday. I also put in mind that I need my job to help put food on the table, pay the bills, send the kids to school, manage the household, take a short vacation, and do a seasonal shopping to buy the "wants." Plus, I like working. I chose this and it's what's working for the family.
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- Wake up earlier to prepare breakfast (and yourself for work) for the family.
- Have breakfast with your kids and use this time for bonding through meaningful conversations.
- Be generous with hugs and kisses when you're with them at home.
- At aside some playtime or reading time in the morning.
- To avoid tantrums or separation anxiety, bid goodbye properly and say where you are going. This should be a daily routine so your child will know that you're off to work and you'll be back at the end of the day.
- Plan the day's schedule of activities for the kids.
- Cascade the plan to the nanny or whoever you entrust your kids with, before going to work.
- Make art and educational materials such as crayons, coloring books, clean or scratch paper, and pencils available and reachable.
- Prepare the kids daily menu including snacks.
- Call home regularly to check on the little ones.
- Call or text the school kids at a time their home. Ask how their day was.
- If your school child needs materials for projects or assignments not available at home, buy or prepare them during your break time.
- Bring home some knick knacks or "pasalubong". It doesn't have to be toys, food is always a good idea.
- Call before going home so they'll know when to expect your arrival at home.
- Make stepping at the front door when home a merry one, like a grand fiesta or a surprise (imagine confetti bombs!) to your highest level of energy! Oh boy, they like that a lot!
- Unplug, Unplug, Unplug! As much as you can, break up with your gadgets when you're home with the kids. Pay attention to them.
- Have dinner together and converse with the kids. Listen to what they say. They like acting up like their adults too. Everything they say matters.
- Play play and lots of play!
- Establish a bedtime ritual. Like reading books, singing or giving a loving massage. My boys love a good massage before sleeping!
- Pray for them, for their safety and security.