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Being a working mum is tough - fact.
There are many difficult careers, where working and bringing up the children is almost impossible. A career in law is one of these. Lawyers work long hours, they don’t generally do the 9-5 grind as they can be called upon at all hours and cases can last months. Now, some of this will be dependent on the type of law being practiced, but the general notion is that working as a lawyer and being a mother at the same time require pre planning, dedication and hard work.
There are many small ways that you can start off your working mum plan, searching for answers through online law dictionaries and other support networks can help you with the workload. Here we will look at some of the tried and tested ways that we can have a home and work balance that will blend the two together in harmony.
Start with the mornings and work forwards
Often the hardest point of the day to get everything going is first thing in the morning. This is the point when the children need to be woken up, dressed, fed and taken to school or day-care etc. Not easy when you are looking for your notes from yesterday, grappling with a computer and trying to iron your suit. All of this has to be organised in such a short timescale that it is no wonder many an argument happens within this time.
The best way to ensure that your mornings run smoothly is to plan them the night before. It sounds so obvious, but setting aside 5 minutes can save you time in the morning. There are many ways that you can create a plan. It could be just for your use, but it is always better if you include the whole family. The plan could include a space for your children to tick off their responsibilities, such as packing their school bags or setting out their clothing for the morning!
You can then have your own items, such as gathering all your case files, notes and computer the night before.
Let go of the guilt
Aside from the obvious time constraints’ being a working mum brings, there are also emotional strains that have to be overcome. One of these strains is guilt. Whether it’s over leaving your children with a nanny or even getting home too late to give them a kiss goodnight, there are many reasons that we will end up feeling guilty.
The only way to overcome the feelings of guilt is to remind yourself of the reasons that you chose to work within the legal sector. Whether this is to send your children to excellent schools, to be able to afford those summer holidays, or even if you simply love your job and your children. Each of these is fine and perfectly good reasons to give yourself a break every now and again. If you are efficient in both your home and working life, then there is nothing to feel guilty about.
Communication shouldn’t just be restricted to the home
We have touched upon planning for your children and home life, but this doesn’t look at your working needs. Talking to your boss or HR representative is just as important as organising your busy home life, especially if you are struggling with working demands. The first thing you need to do prior to speaking to your company is to construct a well written plan that takes note of every query you have. This should also involve researching what other members of staff have been offered in terms of support and flexibility. This information will ultimately tailor the document you will go through with your boss.
Be prepared to compromise though. Every employer has a different set of guidelines and help at hand, so you may need to be willing to enter into clear lines of communication.
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