Not sure about you guys, but I'd be OK if 2016 was the year we all stopped talking about work / life balance for working moms. I'm super guilty of it too, so I don't say that to point fingers. I just think the conversation has been going on long enough that we've mostly seen that the elusive idea of "balance" is less of a noun and more of a verb, something we're doing on a daily basis that requires constant adjustment and adaptation. Like, our jobs change, our personal lives change, our kiddos grow and change, and need us at different hours of the day and night. What works one week will probably not work the following week, unless you have one of those jobs that has a really consistent schedule and one (or more) of those kids who are really considerate and never ask for or need anything outside of regular daytime hours (ha).
All that said, since becoming a working mom, something I've been trying to get handle on is prioritizing; as in, trying to figure out just what the basics are to keep me functioning like a human. So, in the precious minutes I have available is it more important for me to vacuum the living room, fold the laundry, or sit down and zone out for ten minutes? (Wait, don't answer that. The answer might be too bleak.)
Maybe the question isn't "Is it more important?" but "What will make you feel better?" I think moms are allowed to ask ourselves that. Here are the things I often find myself choosing to just...let go of: