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The Month of May: The Marathon for Working Moms and How Workplaces Can Provide Support!



Ah, May! A month filled with the promise of summer, the scent of blooming flowers, and for working moms, an avalanche of school-related activities that could put even the most organized calendar to the test. Field trips, graduations, endless fundraisers, PTA commitments, school transitions - the list goes on. While these activities are all part of the enriching fabric of our children’s lives, they can create an immense strain on working moms, both in terms of time and mental energy.


As mom to Luke, Nico, Vinny, Stella, and Luna, I can attest to the whirlwind that May often represents. Each year, it's a sprint to the finish line, a juggling act of responsibilities that requires mental agility, physical stamina, and a healthy dose of humor.


In the midst of attending school events, shopping for graduation outfits, supporting school fundraisers, and signing up for PTA roles for the upcoming school year, there's also the small matter of maintaining a full-time job. The expectation to be everywhere and do everything is not just unrealistic; it's unsustainable. And the toll it can take on our mental health is substantial.


The simple reality is that working moms are often running on empty by the time May rolls around. While we love supporting our children and being involved in their school lives, the pressure to keep up with all these commitments alongside our professional responsibilities can lead to feelings of burnout, anxiety, and guilt.


This is where employers can play a pivotal role. By recognizing the unique challenges that working moms face, particularly during high-intensity periods like May, and by providing tangible support, companies can significantly ease the load.


Here are a few ways how:


Encourage Flexible Working


During periods of increased personal commitments, flexible working can be a lifesaver for working moms. This could mean allowing for staggered start and end times, providing opportunities for remote work, or even permitting a temporary reduction in hours.


Prioritize Mental Health


Stress and anxiety can escalate during busy times. Employers should proactively encourage employees to take care of their mental health. This could be achieved by offering mental health days, providing access to counseling services, or simply fostering an open dialogue about mental health in the workplace.


Offer Personal Time Off for School-Related Activities


Recognize that school events are important to working parents. Offering PTO for school-related activities can alleviate the stress of having to choose between work and attending an important event in their child's life.


Foster a Supportive Culture


Cultivate an environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their challenges and asking for help when they need it. This could be as simple as encouraging team members to share their experiences, or as structured as setting up employee resource groups for working parents.


In navigating the month of May, I’ve found that self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity. Amidst the chaos, it's essential to carve out moments of quiet, to breathe, and to remind ourselves that we can only do our best. Perfection is not the goal; balance is.


To my fellow working moms facing the May Marathon, remember that it’s okay to ask for help, it’s okay to say no, and it's okay to take a moment for yourself. You are doing an incredible job.


To employers, let's make May a month of recognition and support for working moms. By providing flexibility, prioritizing mental health, and fostering a supportive culture, you can help alleviate the pressures that working moms face.


And to my children, Luke, Nico, Vinny, Stella, and Luna, your joy, resilience, and understanding make every busy May day worth it. Your excitement over field trips and field days, your anticipation of the summer ahead, and your growth and achievements that we celebrate during this time - these are the rewards that make the hustle and bustle meaningful. You inspire me to strive for balance and to advocate for all the working moms who are running this May Marathon alongside me.


In the grand scheme of things, these busy days will pass quickly, turning into cherished memories. So here's to surviving - and even thriving - in the May Marathon, to the workplaces that offer their unwavering support, to the communities that lend a hand, and to the working moms who, year after year, take on this challenge with strength, grace, and love.


Here's to us, Moms!

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