How working mothers can balance back-to-school time

Finding the balance between work life and being there for your children can be difficult for most working mothers. Staying on top of what your children will need for back to school shopping and making your presence known in their school can be almost impossible when you are also trying to advance your career. Holly Caplan, a mom, workplace issues expert, career coach and author of “Surviving the D-ck Clique: A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World,” has some great tips for working moms to juggle their careers while sending their kind back to school.

You can’t do it all, and that’s OK!

There is a lot of stress on working mothers to keep the family unit working like a well-oiled machine. But, is that really realistic? “Forty-seven percent of the workforce is females and 70% of that is working mothers,” explains Caplan. “This is not uncommon now for moms to go back to work and to handle back to school with it. Don’t beat yourself up. I think as women we try to do everything. And I think the message here is to give yourself some grace with staying on time and being organized.” She suggest that by relying on online shopping for school supplies — and even pre-assembled meals like Blue Apron for dinner throughout the week— mothers can get back some valuable time to focus on maintaining their balance between work and family.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

As a full-time employee and a full-time mom, there will be some things that will slip between the cracks. You might not be able to make it to that Meet the Teacher event because of an important work obligation, and that’s perfectly normal. Cut yourself some slack and take on what you can handle. “Keep it simple and don’t sweat the small stuff because you will have time to fix whatever it is,” says Kaplan. “I have laundry sitting on my bed. It’s clean but it’s on my bed. It will get folded but I have to get my daughter back to school! I’ve got to prioritize what comes first and know that the other stuff will come together eventually. It will happen.”