SA Mom Bloggers
April 13, 2016
Janice Windt, MD of the Working Mothers Expo
I was early to pick my son up from school yesterday - for the very first time. I wasearly because he had told me that the reason he stubbed his toe at the end of theprevious day was "because you weren't there." That hurt - more than the stubbedtoe. It is one of the most difficult and important things in the world to make the mostof your time... especially as a working mother.For the past few years, I have been mothering two beautiful young men (currentlyaged 3 and 4), founding a start-up, working part time in a career at an InvestmentBank that took a decade to build and was something else entirely to balance with twoyoung sons, two house moves, several bouts of immigration planning sessions etc...it is the stuff we all have to cope with. Daily. There are so few hours in the day thatworking mothers try desperately to make every thirty minutes count. And we stillhave to look hot! Or kind-of okay in my case - most days.We forget that the fifteen-to-twenty minutes that we make our kids wait for usbecause we had to fit that last thing in add up... they do. When I saw my son comingback from library with his class - I saw him first - he looked deep in thought. He isrelated to me, after all! Then he looked up as he heard me call his name and all thecolours of the rainbow of joy spread across his face as he ran into my open arms.Wow. It's been a while since I got a greeting like that from him actually...I think I'll make SURE I'm on time today.So how can we make the most of every moment with ourselves, our faith, ourhusbands, our kids, our companies, our pet projects? How can we make everymoment count so that our lives start to become a tapestry of happy moments woventogether rather than a running together of wet colours in an oil painting whereeverything ends up brown from all the over mixing and rushing around?1) Prioritise. What is most important to you? Do more of that and less of everythingelse...2) Clear your diary. Just say no. I am over over-committing. I want to be on time formy kids.3) Pause to breathe. I've noticed that when I am in a good and positive mood, withenergy to share, the rest of my family is too. Things just seem to happen easier thatway. Less tantrums, less raised voices, more aaaaaahhhhh4) Sing. Even if you do it badly. Kids LOVE to hear your croaky voice - it makesthem feel free to use their own! My son has recently started singing "rock 'n roll" inthe car with his Dad... "Are we human? Or are we dancer?"... that song is replacingBrahms Lullaby as his favorite goodnight song... maybe it's a good thing.5) Sign up for the Working Mothers Expo VIP Waiting List and book your diariesfor the Working Mothers Expo, brought to you in partnership with MiWay Life,bringing together everything a working mother needs under one roof at the SandtonConvention Centre.Now, we would love to hear from you… how do you handle all the demands on yourtime? Do you have some tips to share on how to make space in your diary for theimportant things in life? Or find just a brief moment in-between the chaos to breathe?The truth is that we’re all in this together and your comments could help thousandsof mums around the world find their own space to take the time they need and, moreimportantly, realize that they are not alone in the challenges they face…If you found this article helpful, we would be honoured if you would share it with yourfriends via email or social media, sign up for the Working Mothers Expo VIP WaitingList and book your diaries for an event you will not want to missSee you soon!The Working Mothers Expo, brought to you in partnership with MiWay Life, bringstogether everything a working mother needs under one roof. Take a step back fromyour hectic schedule, make some time to reflect, hear an inspiring speaker, indulgein some retail therapy and connect with other working mothers. We would like tocreate some dedicated time in your schedule that is all about you.It's time to take a moment. Join our VIP Waiting ListIf you would like to inquire about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event, please emailus and we will send you all the details you need.
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