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You have to feed your family every night, but that doesn't mean that you need to cook every night.
Whether you work at home or outside of it, this tip will help you streamline your day. "I cook at least four to six meals [on Sundays] [and] make enough for leftovers and bag lunches so I can have my evenings free to spend time with my 9-year-old daughter and husband. I usually make a stew in the crock pot, make some pasta, turkey, sauce, steak, rice, two roast chickens, baby potatoes and mixed vegetables. It saves time and money. After a long work day, it is great to come home and just heat up something, make a salad and sit down in just minutes," says Eula M. Young, mom of one.
Young also is a proponent of scheduling time with her loved ones. "I balance motherhood with making time for my daughter. We have a mother-daughter day each month: We go to the movies, go out to lunch in the summer, or I take a vacation day and we go to the park, zoo or some place fun. My husband and I have a monthly date night when we get a sitter, go to the theatre, a movie, out to dinner etc. It is very important to make time with the people who are most important to you," she says.
That also works for Amy Metherell, aka The Original Coupon Coach, who works outside the home while her husband is a stay-at-home dad. "Just like I have a schedule for work, I schedule time for those other important aspects of my life. For example, once per week, I schedule some time after work to spend time with each of my two kids by themselves. Then I carve out some time to spend as a whole family (usually on the weekends). After the kids are in bed, my husband and I spend some quiet time watching movies and talking a few nights a week. The remaining nights, I take some 'me' time," says Metherell.
How many times have you checked your BlackBerry while the kids play at the park, or phoned daycare to check on the kids midday? Sure, these seem like OK ways to balance, but a lot of moms find greater satisfaction by being single-focused. "My life balancing act is summed up like this: Be where you are. So Zen, I know, but it took a while to really live it. At home, I am supermom, and at work I am super PR lady. I don't fret about my kids at work, and I don't fret about my clients at home. I give 100 percent to what I am doing so I know that, when I leave to the next activity, I gave it my all, and I can completely focus on the next thing," says Julia Zunich, president of Z Group PR and mother of four.
No one can keep going, going, going without some time to unwind and recharge. So, remember to take that time for yourself. For Scotch's part, she turns to exercise and TV. "I am pretty diligent about exercising. It really helps my stress level. I try to get out and go for a run," says Scotch. As for TV, she says that she likes good-quality television. "I give so much of myself during the day, so for an hour a night, I don't want to be challenged by anything."