Work vs Family Time
Well, it has been a while I haven’t write something in English. At this time, I would like to discuss about work life balance, things that is important for any moms. A mother who works in an office or a mom who works as a full time blogger, even a freelancer, or a full time mother who works domestic things in a daily basis. All of them needs a balance time between works and family time, also “me time”, to cheer up their life, to stay healthy in mind and physically. For me, a work life balance is very important literally. Why? Because as a working mom, I have to split myself into some pieces sometimes, related to multitasking responsibilities while at work and at home. I surely realizing that I'm working for my family, my kids and around. Sure, in the other side, I want to have adequate quality time to raise my children, which is become my main responsibility as the parents. In the whole, I’d like to create a better quality generation for the next future of the nation. Is it sounds patriotic? Hahaha...
My concern in this matter is about children’s attitude at school, in the neighborhoods, as well as behavior towards older people. All relate to actions and attitudes that we call “manners”. Manners are something that you learned from your family roots, not from formal education. Nowadays, as we know from the media and publications of the authorities, that several criminal case of teenager comes from the family. It means, children who don’t have enough attention from their parents have a higher probability to do something improper in the society. It is not limited for a good family or “look good from the outside”, in the other hand, the problems is not always come from broken home family either. The problems can happen in every kind of family. Well, I think this problem is so real and realistic, and in some part, these work life balances become working mom’s problems. Isn’t it?
Manage Your Time
Start to think when you spend couple hours, let say about 9 till 10 hours a day at the office, this is not include the time you spent in traffic jam etc. So when you come home, you have to provide quality time with your children. Even you only have few hours left at home. Moreover, sometimes people also have to work on weekends. So that could be another problem too. A full time mom blogger, also have to manage the schedule between the times to finishing the draft, blogging and take care of the children. Even for a stay at home mother, struggling to manage domestic work all the day, teach the children, playing with the children, and have a “me time”. All activities have to be managed well, so a woman or mother still has a plenty of time for themselves. I think, whatever you do or what choices you take in life, try to take a maximum responsibility for your family. I do believe that a better future generation comes from a good quality education, starting from home.
In my personal experience, when I had a chance for training in one of institution in Netherland couple years ago, I felt a bit jealous because of the policy of working parents in their work place. A mother or a father can have 3 days off every week. So, working parents still have much time to be with their spouse and the children. I think the policy is a family friendly, really.
Break From RoutinesI think everyone, includes a working mom or a full time mother need a little break from their daily routines. Let say, woman can go for a tea time with their friends for a little time, or woman can have a “me time” such as reading books without any distractions, may be going to public library or reading at the cafe. Woman can have other “me time” as they like, or going to the beach, mountain, etc to refresh their mind. Or woman can cook their favourite food for themselves, or just going to any places that is perfect for relaxing. Women need to do something that can cherish their life, so if these women back to their daily routines, they can bring the cheerfulness to their family and the surroundings.
So what about your opinions? Please feel free to share or give comments :)