5 Ways to Get More Quality Time in as a Working Mom

Working moms get the short end of the stick when it comes to spending quality time with our kids. Not only do we have to be a present and engaged employee for 8 hours, but we also have to be “always on” as a parent 24/7 – and then find time to be a supportive and loving partner, dog walker, master chef, house cleaner, laundry folder, and meal prepper. I digress…. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

And don’t get me started about the mom guilt. Ugh! While I chose to work out of the home, my heart still yearns for more time with my little people. Only having 5 precious hours a day will never be enough. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. I am constantly brainstorming ways I can sneak in more time with them – between work, school, and the mundane morning and evening routines. If you’re a fellow working mom and have been feeling all the feels as you watch your kids grow before your very eyes, here are a few ideas to get more quality time in without burning out.

Quality Time as a Working Mom

5 Ways to Get More Quality Time in as a Working Mom

1. Clean Together

We make an effort to clean the house during the week so we don’t have to do it all on the weekends. We recruit the kids for help – and most of the time they love it! Prepping dinner, sweeping, cleaning off bathroom mirrors, organizing toys, putting dishes away, etc. While not the most riveting way to spend time together, we usually sing/dance or talk about their school day while we clean so we’re getting that deep level of quality time in. And, by doing the cleaning during the week, we can spend more time on the weekends making memories and playing together as a family.

2. Exercise Together

As a working mom of three with no hobby, exercising is my vice. But, instead of going to the gym and using one of my precious five hours away from my kids, I workout at home. My oldest loves to run, so we find a new trail or road to run on a few times a week. My middle loves to dance and swing, so we bust out dance moves or walk to the park and I give her the biggest underdogs! My youngest toddles and crawls everywhere, so I’m constantly doing squats, lunges, and sit ups chasing after him. He also loves walks in the stroller, so we get him some fresh air when it cools off in the evenings.

3. Put the Phone Down

I’m as guilty as they come on this one. My job revolves around social media and digital marketing, so I’m constantly plugged in. And after a long day, sometimes I want nothing more than to catch up on TikTok or Instagram and simply “be”. But it leaves my kids wanting more from me and isn’t a great example for them. I make a conscious effort to put my phone away until bedtime (unless we’re taking crazy pictures or playing around with SnapChat filters). Being present with them tells them you’re there 100%. Social media can wait.

4. Cook Together

I love incorporating my kids’ favorite meals during our meal rotation – and love to help me! From cracking eggs and stirring the meat, they help me cut down on the time I’d spend alone in the kitchen, and we get to dance to Alexa’s top hits while doing so. The pride they take in cooking our meals is something I never want to forget. It also provides great teaching moments and opportunities for endless compliments to the chef – they eat that up (no pun intended).

5. Get Out of the House

We do our best to do something out of the house at least once a week. After dinner is cleaned up, we go for a long walk or bike ride to the park, have a bonfire in the backyard, drive to the ice cream shop, or sometimes just walk around the store (I like doing scavenger hunts where they have to find certain things on my list). During the cooler months, we jump in leaves, explore the woods, sled, hike, and sometimes splurge on the trampoline park or Fun Station.Quality Time as a Working Mom

Remember tired working mamas, the quality time you spend doesn’t always have to be this grand, elaborate plan. All they want is just to be with you. As much as I love my “me” time, I know it’s not my time yet for uninterrupted peace. My career is important to me, but I know my boundaries and limitations. I keep work at work so I can focus 100% on the hours at home I have with my kids. It’s all a balancing act. At the end of the day, my kids know mama works because she wants to, but they know where my priorities are and how my heart beats for them. Not just before and after school, but every day, all day.

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