Parenting Working Mum

10 Tips for Working Mums

  • February 1, 2016

Whilst I wouldn’t call myself an expert, I have managed to survive being a working mum and bringing up a child for 4 years now. Working mums have it hard, and I can’t lie – it has been stressful and tiring but, like with most things, once you get into a routine that suits you all it becomes easier.

If you’re thinking of returning to work soon, here’s some advice that might be helpful…

Ease yourself in gently

I found it really handy to start with the minimum number of hours we needed to pay the bills and gradually upped these as Little H got older. This isn’t always do-able but it is worth considering to make life a little bit easier in the beginning.

Do what’s right for you and your family

Some families can cope with mum going back to work full-time, others can only manage a few hours a week. Whatever you decide just make your decision based on what is best for your family.

Don’t let anyone else make the decisions for you

Everyone has an opinion on working mums from the grandparents and your friends, to your colleagues and the press. You can’t please everyone so just remember that it’s no one else’s business and don’t let them influence your decisions. Make sure you stand your ground and don’t let your boss talk you into more than you can handle

Take time choosing childcare

The most stressful part without a doubt is childcare. If you aren’t lucky enough to have family who can help out while you’re at work then you’ll need to research the best solution. It might be a childminder or it could be nursery. Whatever you choose, take your time looking around, visit several options, and do your research.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

As well as working you’ll need to taxi the kids around, sort dinners, washing, housework, food shopping etc. Fitting everything into the day is near impossible, so rather than try to do it all let other people help when they offer. Make your partner share the load, and accept help from family and friends when they offer.


If you can’t fit everything in, choose the most important bits. Does it really matter if the kids have chips for dinner more than once in a week because you’ve played with them for a bit after work instead of cooking a gourmet meal? Or if you only hoover at the weekend because you’re shattered after work?

Preparation is the key

Working mums need to be organised. Getting clothes and lunches sorted the night before, putting a load of washing on as you leave in the morning and doing your food shopping online will all help.

You will feel guilty

Whoever you leave your child with, you’ll spend a lot of time feeling guilty that it’s not you. There’s no way around the guilt, so just remember that lots of people do it, it doesn’t make you a bad parent, and your children will ultimately benefit from a strong working mum!

Make the most of your weekends

If you’ve had a great weekend with your family, it makes going back to work on Monday a little bit easier. Get out and about, spend lots of quality time with the kids, and it will get you through the week

Enjoy it

Make the most of drinking your tea in peace, getting to sit down, and not have someone join you on toilet trips!

If you have found this post helpful you might also like Top Tips To Make Your Mornings Easier.


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  • kaylaloves

    Really great tips! #abitofeverything

  • Robyn

    Great tips and just in time for me as I’ve started job hunting now that my first is 15 months old. I’m quite nervous but I think you’ve provided lots of tips here which will help. I’ll definitely need to be more organised, and I’m kind of looking forward to having a proper lunch break that doesn’t involve a screeching toddler to my right, haha! I will miss him terribly though 😉

    • LifeOfADigitalMum

      Good luck! It’s daunting, but once you get into the swing of things it’s not nearly as bad you expect 🙂 x

  • The Breastest News

    Great tips. I always feel guilty haha, you can never win no matter what you do so got to make the best decision at the time 🙂 x

  • Ky

    These are all really great tips, I’m thinking about returning to the working world soon these some of these are really helpful.

  • Emma @sophieellaandme

    Great tips, thank you for sharing. I’ll be going back to work part time in the next few months so I will definitely remember these tips x

  • Rebecca

    Absolutely wonderful blog post, I am certain your tips will help a lot of working mums or mums who want to ease back into work! x

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum

    This is great advice. I found it really difficult when I went back in to work. Infact I failed spectacularly in it and I’m now back at home but I should’ve just been part time at first that would’ve worked well for me, this is what I’m looking for now xxx Fantastic advice

  • Alex lambandbear

    I’d agree with all of your tips here. I worked from when Lamb was 10 months until around 32 months when I was made redundant. Being pregnant i’ve decided not to look for another job and concentrate on my blog and children’s clothing line from home. I’d definitely like to get back into work when the kids are in school xx

  • Honest Mum

    Super tips, guilt is inevitable but futile, I wrote about letting it go for Marie Claire’s site this week x

  • The Anxious Dragon

    Great tips for going back to work. Its important to aknowledge that you will feel guilty. But you would do if you stayed at home as well(i cant buy my child this, or afford to take them there as I dint work). Guilt is the default emotion for parents.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

  • Everything Mummy

    Great tips for anyone thinking about going back into to the work place its such a hard choice once you have children and like you say everyones different so need to do what is best for them! x

  • Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy

    Great advice. It’s a big decision and sometimes we don’t even have a choice makes it harder. Definitely asking for help is a big one. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  • steph_baybee

    You have given some great advice, it can be really tough for working Mums. However you are working to provide things for them. No matter how big or small those things are.

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