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If you’re a mom who works full-time, you aren’t alone. In fact, you’re in the majority.
Seventy percent of moms with children under 18 work. Women now make up almost half of the U.S. workforce. And, moms are the primary breadwinners in 4 in 10 American families.
It is not easy for moms to have kids and work. Even in an era where men are taking on more housework and childcare than ever before, women still do the bulk of the duties, even in two-earner families.
As both work and parenting have become more demanding, working moms are expected to balance the two. Something has to give. Research suggests moms are more likely than dads to experience career interruptions to attend to their families’ needs. And about 41 percent of working moms said being a parent has made career advancement more difficult.
Why? Working moms feel dual pressure to keep up both at home and at the office. They are no less committed to their job, but being a mom is constant, demanding and exhausting too.
As a working mom, you may feel like you’re always being pulled in different directions, by your children, your employer, your spouse and friends. This can lead to stress, burnout and guilty feelings.
What can working moms do to find work-family balance? Start with these 10 tips:
Juggling a family and a full-time job is challenging. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a perfect mom to be a good mom. What matters most is that your kids know they’re loved. So keep up the good work, moms! And happy Mother’s Day — you’ve earned it!
Connect with other moms today. Join our Facebook community for expectant and new moms.
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