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Parenting tips for working moms

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

How to balance kids and career

More moms than ever are working these days. And unfortunately, working takes you away from your family and can lead to feelings of guilt. Toss that guilt and stress aside! You are working because you care about your kids, and just because you work doesn't mean you can't have a strong, loving bond with your children.
Bethenny Frankel with daughter Bryn

Remember that quality matters

You might not have as many hours in the day with your kids as other moms do, but that doesn't mean you can't connect with your children in a positive, meaningful way. Remember that it's quality (not quantity) that counts.

  • Unplug. Seriously — turn off your phone, step away from your computer and enjoy your evenings with your kids. Giving your child your full attention is very important for bonding.
  • Hug. Every child, no matter how old, needs a mama's touch. Whether you have toddlers, teens or kids in between, spend some time every day getting close.
  • Listen. Let your kids do the talking when you are with them. Whether your teen is venting about a teacher at school or your preschooler is telling you about dragons and dinosaurs, take the time to listen.

Do chores together

Doing chores together doesn't sound fun, but it serves many purposes. The house needs cleaning. You need their help, and you also want to squeeze in some time with them. Make it a game — you can clean the house (or wash the car or weed the garden) together, getting it done quickly and efficiently. The rewards? You can chat along the way, and when you are done, you can all go out for ice cream.

Get help

If it's feasible, consider bringing in a little help. A full-time nanny might not be necessary, but how about a more cost-effective mother's helper? A mother's helper can pitch in with the laundry, help with your chores or prepare meals, freeing up some extra time for you to spend with your kids. Wouldn't you rather be playing catch in your backyard with your little ones instead of folding socks?

Create traditions

Look for opportunities to create rituals and traditions with your kids. This is how memories are built and relationships are bonded. It can be something simple, such as going for donuts together on Sunday morning or folding laundry together and chatting on Saturday afternoons. You can also create more elaborate traditions. Maybe you sew a quilt together with your daughter on the weekend, take all the kids out to a new restaurant on a designated day each month or go on a camping trip as a family at the start of every season.

Don't sweat the small stuff

Dishes are in the sink. The garbage needs to be taken out. Your child just spilled a glass of milk on the floor. And you are about to snap. You just worked eight (or nine or 10) long hours, and you can't take it. Take a deep breath or leave the room for a few minutes to relax. Parenting is stressful, whether you are a working mom or not. Don't sweat the small stuff and try to let minor problems roll off your back. The more peaceful your house can be, the better it is for you — and your kids.

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