MUMS GUILT

Running a business is a pretty impressive feat. There is so much preparation, stress, time and money that goes into running your own business. Oh and don’t forget the tears. There is always a few of those. What makes running a business an even harder and yet even more impressive feat is if you are doing it as a parent.

I am sure you have heard the word ‘mumpreneur’ floating around. This is the term used for a mum that is also running her own business. It is a very exciting step for a mum to take. It gives her a chance to not only provide for her family but in many cases be able to do it from home and spending more time around her children. However it is not always sunshine and roses. The thought of running a business from home and being able to spend your days playing with your children often does not end up a reality.

In many cases mumpreneurs also suffer from mum guilt. The guilt comes from realising that sometimes it is going to be harder than working a job outside of the home, that the hours can end up being very long and in the beginning phases you may not get to spend as much time with your little ones as you had first planned. You may also feel the guilt towards the business. That you are not spending enough time on it, that it is not getting your full attention and that you could be doing more. 

Mum guilt is a very real thing and something that many mumpreneurs suffer from at one time or another. There are ways to help with this guilty feeling and help you to push through them and shift your focus back to the reason you started your business.

Have a daily routine

We all know as parents that a daily routine normally doesn’t go to plan. There is always something that goes wrong, runs late or just doesn’t happen as per the routine. However it is still very important during your time as a mum in business to create a routine and try your best to stick to it. Break your day up into different areas. Give the business the time it needs when it is needed and give your children their time with you as well. If you are using a routine to schedule your day you are more likely to be more productive during your time working on the business and more focused on the children during your time spent with them. 

Accept help

I know, easier said than done right! Although it is something that you need to learn to be able to do. If you are offered help; whether it is by watching the children for an hour or two or a hand tidying up the house or cooking a few meals for you – than accept it. Life is going to be hard enough running both a business and a household and it is okay to need help to stay on top of everything. Even if you are not offered help but you know you need it – ask for it. You will be surprised at the number of people who are ready and willing to help you. All you need to do is ask.

Make your time count

If you have scheduled in 3 hours of work on the business during the day – make these hours count. Have a plan for what you are going to achieve during this time and work towards getting it all done. When you are spending your time with the children, plan fun things to do, give them your full attention and enjoy yourself. 

Making yourself aware of the time you have for each thing will help you to make the most of the time.

And lastly, be easy on yourself. You are doing such a lot and it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel in the beginning but remember what you are doing, why you are doing it and focus on the future benefits of it all. 

Mum guilt should not define how you spend your time. Be relaxed and help yourself to shift past the guilt and bring yourself into a happy and positive state. 

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