Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Woman to Woman: Working Mom Anxiety
Working nine to five - for most working moms, its not such a great way to make a living. Every day, these mothers must overcome the anxiety of being both a parent and a professional...but in tonight's Woman To Woman, we found it is possible to climb the corporate ladder without tripping over any toys.
(WSVN) -- Working... Mom
Goodbye June Cleaver....
Hello Erin Brakovich.
Today's mother must know everything from running a household to running a business.
Working Mom, Dania Lopez says, "I felt like I couldn't be a good parent. I couldn't be the professional I was. The wife I was. The friend))
Dania Lopez is proof a woman's work is never done.
Everyday, she takes on the role of mommy, chef, chauffer, and speech pathologist.
"So youre a mom, you go to work most of the day, youre a wife, youre a daughter, that's a lot for anyone to handle. Is there any time for Dania at the end of the day?"
"Getting organized was the biggest thing and making sure I had time for everybody."
But for most women, there isn't enough time.
They must constantly adjust between power lunches and power rangers.
Dania says, "I was running around. I felt like I was not getting anything accomplished. I was always very tired."
Women make up nearly half the workforce and for woring moms like myself, this has to be the toughest part of the day, having to say goodbye, grabbing your workbag, and heading off to work
Dania says, "The most difficult days are if the children are sick. Knowing that when they are sick, they want their mommy and only want their mommy."
But professional organizer Dianne Hatcher says there are ways for even the busiest mom to make time.
Professional Organizer,Dianne Hatcher says, "It's a great idea for each adult in the family to have their own calender that includes their business activities, appointments, things they want to get done in their day"
Also try to delegate.
We know its hard but there are even simple chores the children can do.
"Children can help clear the dishwasher or dry the dishes."
"Another thing that children can do to contribute is to put their own toys away."
And you can get the children ready the night before.
All super moms know mornings are difficult so getting a head start can make all the difference.
"For instance at night, I take out the clothes my three year-old will be wearing the next day."
"When the habits become automatic, theres a lot less decision making, a lot more stress."
"You need to be strong and make this decision... and this decision youve made, youre proud of it. And theyre going to look back and be proud of their mom."
Experts also suggest taking advantage of your down time.
Like when your waiting in the carpool, do the bills, make phone calls, or just read a book and try to relax.
Now the grass isn't always greener on the other side-- next week-- tips for those stay at home moms.
We're talking Woman To Woman, but men, remember if it's about women, its bound to affect you.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Diane A. Hatcher/Professional Organizer