Making Work/Life Balance Work: Real Mom Tips on How to Make It Easier

We asked working mamas for their secrets to successfully juggling career and family (25 Photos)

Compiled by Sarah Yang on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:53PM

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a Compiled by Sarah Yang on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:10AM

Don't stress about missing any "firsts." My rule of thumb is, if I didn't see it, it didn't happen. I asked my son's caregivers to not tell me if he walked, talked or did anything that would fall under his "first" so I could enjoy it when it did happen.

Also, try to manage your meetings. I kept meetings before a certain time so I had time to do any follow-up work right away. And don't expect to take and not give. My boss and job were very flexible, and in return I tried to be as well. I had one "late night" where I stayed until 7 p.m. to get things done, and if I needed to get back online after my son went to bed, I did. Even though I was on a four-day work schedule, I did help with anything important on my day off.
- Margarita, mom of one, Green Brook, N.J.

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