By: Carolina Pichardo
There are thousands books, workshops, and specialists dedicated to making the work-life balance idea actually work for families.
Yet, when you’re a young mom like me, you wonder whether there’s anything that could possibly help your situation. In less than a month, my family has had to deal with bullying issues at my daughter’s school, a sprained ankle and the holiday celebrations in between the regular work life.
That’s only with one child.
Although it feels like I’ve tried everything, balance is such an out-of-reach concept.
It means scheduling a hair appointment for after-work, only to get home in time to tuck my daughter to bed. Meeting with friends is the same. I have to cram most of my invites within the same weekend round or monthly, so as to not be too much out-and-about. Take that and add the work/networking, and like could be overwhelming. Childcare is too costly of an option, while dragging her around with me is a gamble. Last time I took her to a local networking event, someone mentioned how much she was being.
So how does a full-time working mom really balance work, the personal (friends, solo/relaxing activities, etc.) and family life?
I’m still working it out. However, the trials by error could do get you at some point. This week we’ll be posting stories on how several YUMs get it done. We’ll also see if there are some best practices to follow. For some it means requesting that flexible work schedule, other it could be freelancing and working things out until finding their groove. Regardless of how it gets done, we all have to work towards and believe that some sort of balance is possible.
As usual, follow the conversation on Twitter w/ #YUMbalance and let us know how you stay balanced.
Young Urban Moms’ co-founder, Carolina Pichardo, is a digital marketer by day, writer and community activist by night, and mom to Lulu always. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @c_pichardo.