40 Mom-Tested Tips for Balancing Work and Family

Wondering how to create a better morning routine, stay involved in your child's life while you're at work or make the most of your evenings at home? Get tried-and-true advice on ways to juggle work and family from other working moms. Then visit the Working Moms message board for more strategies and support.

How can I make mornings go more smoothly?

  1. Follow the same consistent routine each day so your children know what to expect.
  2. Get up before your kids do to exercise or have a quiet cup of coffee.
  3. Get showered and dressed before your kids wake up.
  4. Set out your kids' clothes the night before so there's no arguing about what to wear.
  5. Pack your children's lunches and backpacks the night before.
  6. Let children do as much as they can by themselves -- get dressed, brush their hair or pour themselves cereal. This can help them feel independent while also freeing you up to do other things.
  7. Keep breakfast simple and portable.

How can I stay involved in my child's school or daycare?

  1. Go on school field trips or volunteer in the classroom if you can take time off from work.
  2. Volunteer to help after work hours -- plan parties, prepare crafts, make phone calls.
  3. Stay in touch with your child's teacher or caregiver by phone and email.
  4. Donate snacks and supplies for parties or projects.
  5. Channel some of your work talents into volunteerism. Help build a Website for your child's daycare center, for example.
  6. Ask your caregiver to keep a journal of your child's activities and milestones.
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