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Embracing Summer as a Working Mom: Reducing Guilt and Finding Joy

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

When we think of summer, we envision freedom from schedules, flexibility, and endless fun with our loved ones. However, as working moms, we often face the reality of juggling office responsibilities, projects, and an ever-growing to-do list. This can lead to feelings of guilt and questioning if we're doing enough for our families. But fear not! There are several strategies that can help you unleash the magic of summer, allowing you to embrace the work-life blend while enjoying quality time with your kiddos.

There are plenty of tips and tricks that help maximize time in the summer, but in order to be at peace with the duality of our roles, we first need to get a gut check on how we're feeling. Summer can trigger emotions like guilt, shame, or a longing for a better blend of work and family life. Take a moment to reflect on what prompts these emotions for you. Is it the perception that you're not present enough? Are you unsatisfied with your current job or industry? Identifying the root cause of guilt can help you address it and find solutions that work for you.

Social media can be both a blessing and a curse. While it offers glimpses into the lives of others, it can also fuel comparison and feelings of inadequacy. Remember that social media posts only show snippets of people's lives, often capturing the happiest moments. Don't fall into the comparison trap and let it add to your guilt. Instead, focus on your own journey and the unique experiences you're creating for your family.

Making a summer bucket list can be a fantastic way to plan activities and make memories with your kids. However, it's easy to go overboard with dozens ideas that don't come to fruition...setting you up to feel as though you didn't measure up to your own standards. To avoid overwhelming yourself, embrace a middle ground between structured plans and spontaneous moments. Involve your children in the process and let them contribute ideas, ensuring everyone feels included and excited about the activities you choose.

Rather than striving for the perfect work-life balance, aim for a blend that allows you to be present and fulfilled in both areas. Explore opportunities to integrate work and family, such as adjusting your schedule, working remotely, or creating dedicated family time. Open communication with your employer and colleagues about your needs and explore flexible work options that accommodate your responsibilities as a working mom.

Remember that no summer, or any season, will be perfect. Kids will still get bored, and unexpected challenges will arise. Embrace the imperfections and find joy in the spontaneous moments. Focus on being present and cherishing the time you do have with your family. It's the love and connection that truly matter, not the picture-perfect experiences.


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