ACI Senior Vice President Erin Krehbiel is a working mom who wears many hats. In the office she oversees the marketing team, IT, media relations and everything in between. At home, she is a loving wife and mother to two beautiful children. In honor of Mother’s Day, she has written some helpful tips on how she avoids that ‘working mom guilt’ and strikes that difficult balance between life in the office and at home.
As a wife, mother, employee, and boss I can’t help wondering at what cost do I sacrifice things in one area for the other. The fact that I love my job and love going to work carries its own burden—it’s not that I don’t love being with my children all of the time, but could it be possible that I am a better mom by diversifying my time, achieving things professionally to ultimately provide for a better life?
It has taken me some time to feel comfortable enough to set boundaries in both my personal and professional life—this is not without saying that there are adjustments that need to be made along the way. Small decisions like making my time at home with my children fun and productive rather than running through the motions OR managing my workload with technology allow me to be my better self.
A few quick tips:
· Enlisting the family to participate in the meal planning: I like to get the whole family involved in meal planning so they are more willing to help cook, eat & clean up. We only have a few hours on the weekdays to be together and mealtime is an important chunk of that!
· Taking time to “wrap up” at work before leaving the office. This has become my go-to-tool to button up my day and leave work at work. I have a clear set of to-dos for the next day and I don’t feel as flustered.
· Finding balance: I am better at everything when I provide my mind & body with balance. This means regular physical exercise, healthy food and sleep. I often feel tired when I get home so I incorporate a family activity to get my heart pumping.
· Enlisting technology: I sync my personal and work calendars to give me a big picture view of my obligations. It allows me to be cognizant of periods where I have a lot going on in one area and might want to avoid over-scheduling myself and my family. Quick tip: reoccurring reminders save me with everything from birthdays to reminders to schedule a date night with my husband!
Will I ever get over my Working Mother Guilt? Probably not, but I am okay with that because I want to be a better mother, wife and employee. If there isn’t room for improvement, what’s the point?