How many times have women been faced with problems related to their profession and their family? Even when women are working they still have a thought for their kids and how they will react to the fact their mother is out working or feel at lost without her presence. If a woman does need time off work due to child sickness or other related issues, her profession may be affected by these regular absences, causing problems of career advancement or promotion.
This problem will always present itself with women in career and although it is not possible to find a perfect solution you can try and create a good balance between your family responsibilities and career.
The first issue you should take care of is to evaluate your goals and values. This means that you should really make sure you know what you want to achieve in your job. When you first joined your firm you may have had the ambition of becoming one of the partners, until your first child came along. Then you may have thought that your life was fulfilled by merely looking after your children, but as they grew you realized that there was something missing.
You should strive to achieve a balance between your goals and your familys requirements. You can have a fulfilled life both as far as your family concerns go and your career expectations, if you do not aim too high. Try and assess your life goals to make sure that your choices coincide with your values and prospects.
Try to be realistic as you cannot possibly have a full time job and take full care of your home needs, as well being there for your children at all hours. So do not even bother trying. Try and keep a realistic approach to what you can do with your family and at your job.
This may slow you down on your career advancement, as you will be taking more time off for your family and may also result in household imperfections, but do not let this get at you. Give yourself some leeway and allow for some imperfections, as this will make you a much happier woman. Tell yourself that you are doing a great job of doing two things at once, even though they may not always be perfect.
An important issue is time management. You have to be in control of your time schedules and not the other way round. Learn to keep your working hours in accordance with your family schedule and set your priorities so that you can be free from distractions. If you manage your time effectively you will find that you can accomplish a lot with the time you have available each day.
You can also find some valid help with other professional women who are in the same situation or talk to others that are also business women, this will help you get some good advice and talk about your problems.