Being a working mom is certainly a challenge – we are doing multiple jobs, wearing many hats, and doing our best to be great at everything. So here are some items, courses, and ideas that help make this life a little easier.
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Moms with Babies
First of all, let me just give you a giant hug if you’re returning to work after maternity leave with a tiny, young baby still needing all of your attention the rest of the day (and night). This time is certainly a challenge, but we’ll get through it!
If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need a breast pump. Good news, though, you can have your insurance cover it. Let Aeroflow do all the work on researching what your health insurance covers and ordering it for you, including replacement parts. See my post on how that works. Don’t forget to gather supplies for your pumping bag before your return.
Here is a great resource to help with some very common baby sleep issues.
And when we need to be doing things around the house, you know, because we wear all the hats, babywearing is an excellent solution. I love my Ergobaby carrier and I have also shared all the other babywearing methods I have tried.
Wearing many hats means we have a lot to remember. Being organized is key. I like to use Google Calendar to write down all the important events, work meetings (so I can remember when I’m home that they’re coming up) and any of my to-do tasks so that I get reminders on my phone. I can access Google Calendar anywhere, at work, at home, on mobile, so it is very convenient for me.
I’ve seen a lot of people getting into planners and bullet journals recently. To me, that’s something you have to carry around with you to be useful, and doesn’t quite fit in your pocket like a phone does. But, they do look pretty, and if you’re super visual can be extremely helpful in the chaos. I’m still thinking about starting using a planner next year.
For Your Commute
If your commute is anything like mine, you’re probably super stressed by the time you even arrive at work in the morning. I have been listening to Audiobooks and they have really saved my sanity in Houston traffic. I love Audible and have a subscription so I can get new books each month (the credits usually cost less than the books would, but if the audiobooks are on sale, I obviously don’t waste a credit.) I also have a subscription to Audiobooks, which is kind of like netflix for audio books! Yes, I subscribe to both. There can never be too many audiobooks!
If you are hiring a babysitter or a nanny, I have a nanny interview questions download you can grab to help out with your hiring process. You also really need a nanny contract and I have something to help with that as well.
Join the Working Mom Tribe!
Join the Working Mom Tribe and get support and tools to help you thrive! Tribe members get access to my library of resources and printables, including this Nanny Interview Questions Checklist!
Make Dinner Time Easier
A programmable slow cooker is key! If you’re working outside the home all day and don’t have time to cook when you come home, let the slow cooker do it for you. But not all recipes can handle 10+ hours of cooking that you’re at work or driving (more like 12 for me), so a programmable cooker allows you to set the desired cooking time, and then just keep it warm for you until you get home.
Grab this FREE cookbook with a full month of slow cooker recipes to get your meal planning going.
A course to learn how to make freezer meals if you’re a newbie like me. This course teaches you the ins and outs of preparing freezer meals, so you can meal prep in bulk and freeze for later, then just thaw and slow cook.
You can also teach your kids to cook, and have them help you in the kitchen!
Weekend Family Bonding
Grab these awesome activity books for toddlers and preschoolers and never run out of fun ideas you can do together! The DISCOVER + PLAY + ENGAGE + LEARN eBooks have a combined 20 weeks of activities. Fun ways to get kids moving, work on fine motor, do arts and craft projects and have fun as a family! Each weekly plan includes a supply list and activities broken down to know exactly what to do in a simple sentence or two.
** You can also try out her FREE 7-day activity challenge to get an idea of the fun and simple activities she suggests. These activities are not age-specific so may be altered as needed for the ages of kids.
If you want to homeschool or even supplement the education your children are getting outside the home, even on weekends, teaching kids a second language is a fun way to bond and learn together. Flashcards, games, and activities are great ways to explore language and promote learning. Try a kit or even a subscription to Kid’s Candor, a company that creates bilingual education subscription kits. See an example of the bilingual subscription kit we received below.
Mom Sanity Time
Sometimes, we need a break, right? Maybe a date night with the hubby that you barely get to spend one-on-one time with. We can find a sitter from Care or SitterCity and use either of these adorable date night ideas!
Some people find an organized, decluttered home helps their sanity. I’m still working on this myself, but the Step by Step Decluttering book is a wonderful resource.
For Your Health
Working full-time and having kids makes it difficult to find time for going to the gym and working out, or is it just me? Having an option to do workout videos like Yoga at home is a huge help.
What other awesome working mom tips and resources can you share with me?