An Oath for Working Moms

  1. I will schedule and commit to mental health breaks on a quarterly basis. These can include but are not limited to something as small as a nap, a pedicure, an afternoon of reading a book (or baking, or watching TV) or as extensive as a day spent by yourself (or with your significant other).
  2. I will not hesitate to seek help when I need it so I can focus on doing my job at work or at home better. I will not be ashamed or feel guilty because darn it, nobody can do it all and frankly, who wants to? 
    1. This includes hiring help around the house and/or childcare.
  3. I will ASK. Instead of struggling along, letting things drop and being consumed by pressure I will ask my employer, my child, my spouse, my friends, my colleagues to look at another approach that will work for me and ultimately, them.
  4. I will take sick days when I’m sick, not just when my children are.
  5. I will forgive myself for not being perfect.
  6. I will boldly drop off store-bought treats for the class, buy the commercial Halloween costume, order out for dinner and dust only when absolutely necessary, unapologetically — because I know it’s in the interest of preserving my sanity.
  7. I will be honest when a dear friend asks how I’m balancing it all.
  8. I will use the Buckets method of prioritizing and establish “Events Not to be Missed,” such as children’s concerts, birthdays, recitals and on the work side, new business meetings, company retreats and professional development opportunities. 
    1. When there are conflicts, I will bow my head and pray/wish/hope for guidance. 
  9. If I don’t love my job, but I need to work, I will look and network until I find the opportunity that makes it all worth it.
    1. I will not stay in a job where I am not valued.
  10. I will re-evaluate my work life balance on a regular basis and when it’s out of whack, I will acknowledge it and take the necessary steps to change.

What else will you swear to do, as a working mom, as SAHM, a working parent or heck, just as a working person, to make yourself the most valuable contributor you can be?

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I'm a public relations professional, social media consultant and work-at-home-mom living and working in Charlottesville, Va. I'm Marijean Jaggers and this is my blog.
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1 Response to An Oath for Working Moms

  1. I love it, Marijean. To this I would add the right to be proud to say “no” or, better yet, “Gosh, I’d love to, but I really don’t want to…” (learned from a 60 something lady whom I admire) when you just cannot add another ‘thing’ to the list.

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