Dinner, laundry and soccer practice after a full day of work.
Angela Richardson, mother of two and a full-time physical therapist at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, said there are simply not enough hours in the day for this working mom.
“It definitely is not easy,” Richardson said. “All working moms have to have a superwoman cape. We have to make sure we are taking care of our kids’ meals, medical needs and schedules, in addition to balancing everything that we have going on at work. It can be a challenge.”
A typical day for Richardson and her two kids, Aaron, 5, and Annelise, 3, begins at 6:15 a.m. to get herself and the children ready to go out of the door. She gets to work at 8 am. and leaves work between 4:30 and 6 p.m. After they go to her son’s swim, soccer or tee ball practice, it’s time to go home and make supper.
After that comes homework, bath time, book reading and bed for the kids at 8 p.m. But wait, her work day is not quite done.
After the kids are tucked into bed, she finishes her day by cleaning the kitchen, organizing the bills and taking care of household chores. She’s in the bed between 10:30 and 11 p.m.
Richardson said she consistently struggles with time management in order to get everything she can get done.
“There is always much more to be done in every area of your life then there are hours to do it in,” Richardson said. “Sometimes the most important things in life are the hardest to remember to prioritize. For example, making time to just hang out with your kids and really connect with them. It can be easy to make that a lower priority because you are trying so hard to make sure that schedules are done, people are eating like they should, doing what they should and doing homework.”
She said she knows her two children are not going to be her “little ones” for long.
“I remind myself to simply stop and enjoy them,” Richardson said. “I always thought that it would be easy to remember to do.”
In 2013, it’s not unusual to find a working mother who juggles between needs at home, work and herself. Richardson said she knows the routine well, but tries to find time for herself after the kids are in bed.
“I try to make time to focus on some hobbies that I enjoy like sewing. Some of what I like to do I can do while taking care of my kids, like cooking and baking, so that works out really well,” Richardson said. “I think all working moms, especially those moms who are raising kids on their own, have to balance to make things work. Some things have to fall off the scale, and usually it comes out of mom’s ‘me time.’ ”
Richardson said everyone should be patient with a working mom.
“If you know a mom that is a working mom, especially a single working mom, please be understanding that she often has a lot of balls in the air, so if you try to throw something else at her, sometimes a lot can drop at once. Just be patient with us.”
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