How many of us want to be the perfect parent, and is there such a thing? Experts say there's no such thing as perfect, but there are things we can do to be "almost perfect."
When it comes to work life balance, psychiatrist say the best thing you can do is not stress yourself and find a routine that is good for you and your family. That being said, here are some tips doctors offer to help with some things working moms stress over.
1) Do i spend enough time with my kids?
Research shows kids want focused time with their parents, even if it's shorter time. Turn off your cell phones and make the time you have together really count. Kids just want to feel they have your full attention.
2) Am I neglecting my health? Should I be working out more?
One study shows adding as little as six minutes of hard-as-you-can-push exercise in a week delivers the same fitness benefits as hours of a moderate workout.
3) What about family dinners and housekeeping?
Many working mom's feel guilty for not having dinner on the table every night and a spotless house. Lose the idea of a perfectly clean house and enlist the kids and your spouse to help more. Also, just sit down to dinner together as often as you can. It doesn't have to be every night, but as long as you can connect as a family a few days a week.
4) If you think you're not getting enough time with your better half, take a few minutes a night and like the kids, turn off the cell phone and just focus on each other and how your day went.
5) Lastly, don't forget about yourself.
Research shows a mom's sense of well-being is crucial to her and to the well-being of her kids. If you're constantly stressed or depressed, it affects your kids negatively.
There's no such thing as the perfect parent, but to our family, we can be almost perfect!