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Working Mothers Can Now Balance Work and Family with These Hacks

Goodbye to the days when a mother's only job was only limited to taking care of her children

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Mother holding a baby. Pixabay

Sep 02, 2017: Hello Working Mothers! Seeking the appropriate balance between work and personal life can make a tremendous difference in the quality of lifestyle you lead. Goodbye to the days when a mother’s only job was limited to taking care of her children. Women of the present age look after their kids, work, and partners too.

With the growing number of responsibilities, you probably may not be able to find enough time for yourself.

Here are some hacks for working mothers to strike a right balance between work and family time

Organize Yourself

Many working mothers are always pushed for time, so it is important to be efficient. Being organized will help you to make the most of everything and let you spend more time with friends and family.

  • Make your life easier by shopping necessary items once a week
  • Plan your meals well in advance and pack refreshments before so that you have all the ingredients ready on time. This will also limit stress level and it will be easier to eat healthy meals
  • Place a calendar on the wall and keep a hang of all important appointments such as ‘things to do’ and outstanding bills that need to be paid. Also, you can set your bills computerized. This will save time and prevent problems in case of non-payment of the bills
  • Keep all your kid’s school possessions at one place to avoid disorder. This will keep you from rummaging for school lunch boxes and school bags in the morning time. While school drop can be very nerve-racking, being organized will make it compliant and help prevent accidents at the time of driving
  • Before leaving for work, decide your clothes and lunches and pack your bags so that you only have to do breakfast

Seize your day with a ‘must have’ family time

A busy schedule and hectic life make it difficult for working mothers to spend a quality time with family, which is a necessity. One way to secure a good family time is to prioritize your needs.  Family time is not a choice; it’s a matter of priority. You must decide one day when you can have fun together. Do fun activities together like playing board games, watching movies or cooking favorite meals. Switch off your phones on that particular day to avoid distractions.

Discipline is the key

Don’t bring your work to your home. Being disciplined will let you avoid work spilling on to the family and vice versa.

  • Just before signing off from work, spare some extra minutes to switch off so that when you reach home, you appear to them in a cheerful mood. You will be able to completely concentrate on your family. This will enable you to become mindful of everything around you and capture the most of the day ahead
  • Maintain a ‘things to do list’ in your diary and set reminders of the important appointments and schedules. Refer to the list every once in a while to avoid forgetting about the important things.
  • Stay focused on your work and avoid procrastination. Do your job on time.

Also Read: Gender Pay Gap-Why are Women Less Paid than Male? 

Make space for your partner

Your partner may want to know whether you still love him or not.  It is important for you to duly ensure that to him and enjoy each other’s company. Plan a dinner date monthly, send him a sweet message every day. You can also cook his favorite dish to make him feel special.


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The Dining Table Starts Turning To The DIEning Table, Is Eating Alone Healthy?

Orchestrating a family meal, day after day, was a chore that no one wanted to undertake and so the dining table witnessed a different kind of evolution. It became lonely.

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My version of a happy home is as delineated through my own experiences, so I am less than amused by this change. It is here that my perceptions of the halcyon days gone by conflicts with today's reality. Pixabay

I have grown up in a typical Punjabi household. The place was Patiala. During the peak of any season, our oddly planned, 50’s built house would be such a cacophony… the din

created by us all…family members of all age groups and sizes. For a child, the craze in those days was that of play, play and more play interspersed with food, food and more food.

And this household had generosity writ all over it. A buzzing, bustling kitchen with Biji (grandmother) ruling the roost, her palpable charm and grace was always as warm as the
sugar laden tea she offered you first thing, should you be our guest on any day, forget just a good day!

Sunday was the day for special indulgences where brunch was almost always outsourced Poori Chana Aloo (fat be damned) from Mota Halwai. Sonorous conversations happened
around the dining table. Eating together was therapeutic too because a lot of problems were solved across kitchen counters and dining tables.

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We sat at that table for hours, far beyond the meals, just talking and laughing. The benefits went beyond health. It was nourishment of the soul and the body alike.
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We had it all. Our generation, and the ones before us. We may not have had the sophisticated gadgetry of today’s times nor did we have the knowledge of the world on our finger tips but we did have our own small happy world knit together. We sat at that table for hours, far beyond the meals, just talking and laughing. The benefits went beyond health. It was nourishment of the soul and the body alike.

The dining table was then the deciding table. Indeed.

Nothing changed in my world as I graduated from my teens to my 20’s except the fact that I was now married with children. Life in the 90’s was simpler. Sunday was still an open
house… a family and friends communion of sorts. Feasts became larger because the number of loved ones grew tremendously. And since the humble mixie could no more churn out the humongous lassi portions fast enough, it was irrefutably replaced with a dedicated washing machine with its rattling rhythmic buzz, perched right within the large kitchen.

Yes you heard it right. To churn lassi in bucketfuls. Sounds like privileges that are beyond the ordinary? Stuff that legends are made of probably! Even if it was just one big cauldron of home cooked mutton curry served with a “never-counted-never-ending” supply of tandoori rotis and raita, there was always more than enough for everyone. Those were the days when the dining table had enough scratches on it to prove that it had been a witness to countless feasts and fights, drinks and the drunk, the romance of meals à deux, love and lovers, in different measures. We may not have had it all together, but together, we had it all.

The dining table became the defining table. Indeed.

But that was then when life was comparatively simpler and eating together was the centrepoint of the day. The turn of the century turned the tables, literally and figuratively. The size of the family started to shrink as did the size of its generosity. Best friends and cousins were non grudgingly replaced with gadgets and communication was now happening via Skype and video chats. Visits became few and far fetched.

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Dinners saw less and less of “you have to
eat all vegetables” kind of phrases and not many young mothers seemed to be sourcing recipes for Bottle Gourd or Panjiri anymore. Pixabay

Orchestrating a family meal, day after day, was a chore that no one wanted to undertake and so the dining table witnessed a different kind of evolution. It became lonely. Just like
the people who were eating on it somedays. The table was now mostly used as a work station, the laptop siting on it, once too often. Where once food garnered positivity and
camaraderie, now the simple, neatly laid out daily meals were replaced with quick “on the go” breakfasts and “at work” lunches. Dinners saw less and less of “you have to
eat all vegetables” kind of phrases and not many young mothers seemed to be sourcing recipes for Bottle Gourd or Panjiri anymore.

The parental engagement fostered around the table was fast depleting. Did we even need a full-fledged dining table? The practical acceptance of its now defunct utility and
importance was directly related to the disappearance of the family size and family meals. It was no more the centre of distribution for anything at all.

And the dining table started to be the DIEning table instead. Indeed.

My version of a happy home is as delineated through my own experiences, so I am less than amused by this change. It is here that my perceptions of the halcyon days gone by conflicts with today’s reality. When my children left home to pursue their dreams and lives, the first thing that felt really different was the dining table. My shared meals became limited to the Langar (community meals in gurdwaras) and social events. Food has always defined my existence and our mutual love for each other often evokes wistful sentiments of a once full family life.

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With an increasing focus on eating food that benefits our health, we have definitely moved towards nutritionally better meals but from a psychological perspective, is eating alone healthy? Healthy enough? No amounts of supplements can infuse a rush of endorphins, like a happy chatter around the dinner table can. Once the unifier, the table stands alone
today. When did it become just a piece of furniture really? Maybe it’s time to create a home, all over again, around the diening table. One meal at a time.

And bring it back to life! After all there is nothing half as good as a household bonding over a meal. (IANS)