Being a mother is a full-time job. It’s more than that, actually; it’s a never-ending, always-on, nonstop, all-time job. From the moment you welcome your first child into the world, you’re always a mother. And, as I’ve learned over the past several years, it’s a job that doesn’t even stop once your children are grown and gone! When the little ones are still at home, though, you never seem to catch a break, do you? Moms are on duty 24/7, and your child’s needs, calls and cries for help aren’t much different at fourteen than they are at four!
As hard as things get for stay-at-home moms, the stress and demands can be even greater for working mothers. These women have all the responsibilities of home and all the responsibilities of a full-time job. The pressures and demands can be overwhelming at times—especially for those brave and hard-working single mothers. When my children were growing up, I was blessed to spend part of their childhood at home and part of it working. Even the time spent “at home” was still work, though, as my husband and I served as full-time overseas missionaries for 10 years. Struggling to keep my head above water was a challenge at times, and it required me to figure out a handful of strategies for caring for myself while I was also caring for the children.
So, here are five “Tips from Trudy” that might help you, too, become not only successful but significant as a mother while working both at home and in your career.
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