Being a mum in a working world

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Minu Agarwal

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Data Analytics Associate Minu takes us through her journey from being a stay at home mum to becoming one of our associates whilst giving tips and advice to help mums to get the right work life balance.

 

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Being a working mum does not mean you will be a less productive employee. It can be exhausting and thankless, being perceived as not fully present as an employee or a mother. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to pursue a fulfilling full-time career while taking an active role as a mother, if you learn to find a balance that works for your life.

I have been housewife since 2014 to look after my child while my husband was in a full-time job. I do not regret my decision as I had to prioritize my newborn special need child. Today I am a happy and proud mother; I have raised my son well and we together have achieved a lot during these 7 years. Now since he is in full time education, I decided to go back to work.

I had no idea where to start and accidentally I found out about Xander Talent. The best part was I was not expected to know everything. Xander Talent has a very clear vision and a well-structured training program before one is placed with clients. Having received the opportunity, I find this to be a huge change in my life from being a mum to a working mum.  There have been many times I feel like I have failed as a mum, and these are some of the tips which help me and continues to drive me forward.

 

10 Tips to help Mums Balance Work and Family life:

Open communication: Always maintain open communication with your reporting manager, communicate what your needs are and how you will continue to do your job well.

Mum guilt: Let go of mum guilt, deciding to be working mum is a choice that should be admired, not judged or shamed. Focus on positive things that your work life is contributing to your family.

Confidence: Be confident that you have made best choice for your whole family, including yourself. Children will not just respect and love you but will also understand your sacrifice.

Childcare: Find childcare providers that you trust to have peace of mind when you are at work.

Family activities: Create special and meaningful family activities, like organizing a weekly game night, having picnic in back garden, or going for long walks with family to nearby parks.

Organisation: Stay organised using calendars and lists to plan ahead. Use planners, apps, and other devices to keep track of the never-ending to-do list.

Housework: Share your housework with your partner and older Children.

Me time: Take out time for me time, mums usually have habit of putting their needs last to take care of everyone else first. If we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we expect to take care of anyone else.

Connect: Connect with other working moms, laughing together and sharing stories will help you understand that many of us are sailing in same boat.

Relax and Recharge: Relax and Recharge yourself through yoga, meditation, reading, writing, catching up with a friend.

 

Being a working mum can be hard work. With so much to balance with work and at home it’s a constant challenge. However, it’s just as essential to look after yourself as it is to look after your family. Whilst sometimes it can be difficult to find the time to look after yourself, it’s incredibly important and shouldn’t be ignored. If you’re happy, your family and work will be happy too.