The transition from mom-mode to work-mode and back to mom-mode is a bit challenging! For 8 hours I can act like an adult (well mostly 🙂 ) with other adults in a professional environment.
Then in my 20-minute commute, I can de-compress a bit and prepare myself for re-entry to mom-mode.
Despite this buffer zone of commuting, I still find this transition difficult.
The kids’ screams and demands grate my ears so much more. My patience seems so much shorter and my stress level much higher.
In these few hours after work and before bedtime, I have to just power-through – run around and be super mom: get dinner, clean-up, play time, baths, stories, and bed. You all know the drill all too well, I’m sure. Sometimes during this routine, I don’t even feel like I have time to pee! AHH!!
Easing the Transition
How can I make the work-mode to mom-mode transition a bit easier? I think planning in advance really helps for meal time. I made PB sandwiches on Monday morning for the kids, so I could instantly serve them when we came home and they sat down. Plus, I try to prioritize and simplify my “must-do” list on work days (remembering how lucky I am to ONLY be working part-time). Finally, I think I have to do a better of mentally preparing myself for mom-mode.
Stop. Breathe. Relax.
Remember I am dealing with a pre-schooler and toddler – NOT work colleagues!
How do you transition from work-mode to mom-mode (or adult-time mode to kid-mode)?