We’re the first ones to admit that #thejuggleisreal and trying to balance home life with work life can sometimes get the best of us. There’s been one too many evenings when we felt the dreaded “mom-guilt” of not knowing whether to choose to get home to the littles to do the bedtime routine or head out for a night of fun with our workmates. Both are equally as important and the balance is often times hard to manage. We have finally set some hard and fast rules (ie. we don’t go out two nights in a row) that have helped tremendously, but the feelings of loneliness or not doing a good job can sometimes linger. As it turns out, these are common feelings amongst our tribe and we’ve got a few tips for merging these two worlds into one. Read on…

According to the Department of Labor statistics, 57% of all women participate in the labor force. This statistic includes 25.1 million working mothers with children under 18 years old. Many women enjoy blending work and motherhood as a choice to continue their careers while raising their families.

Working mom loneliness and working mom isolation are on the rise, however, as more and more women are juggling the responsibilities of professions and parenting. Being a working mom is lonely. Working moms feeling isolated is only one of the many adjustments women face when they transition from a childless professional to a working mom.

Why Working Moms Might Feel Lonely

Changes at work and home contribute to the loneliness of working moms. These are some examples working moms shared with us:

  • Changing priorities affect choices about spending time socializing with co-workers out of the office after work.
  • A reduction in human connections at work naturally occurs because outside interests and activities of childless co-workers and working moms are different topics of conversation.
  • Feeling judged on your professionalism and work commitment because you are a mom is isolating and unsettling.
  • Wanting to be more productive so you can leave work on time allows for less time to chat about office happenings, which can make you feel out of the loop.

How to Overcome Working Mother Isolation

Even good changes are uncomfortable sometimes. But in periods of discomfort is when we grow, find out-of-the- box solutions to problems and discover new things about ourselves. Here are solutions working moms and mompreneurs have found to overcome working mother isolation and loneliness:

  • Talk to your co-workers about your children. Don’t overdo it, but occasionally sharing things about your children makes a personal connection. If an occasion happens that you need to leave work to attend to a sick child, people who have seen a photo on your desk or heard a cute story about your child will naturally be more understanding and caring.
  • Make new connections at work with other moms and dads. Parents love to share stories about their kids and the trials and tribulations of parenting with other parents.
  • Participate in activities with your children that gives you the opportunity to meet other working moms. They are more likely to be able to schedule playdates or playground meetings in the evenings with you after work.
  • Join a networking support group like heymama. Not only will you receive warm support and encouragement, but you can also network with like-minded professional moms who understand the juggle is real. Sign up for the Heymama newsletter to see everything available from this powerful community of working moms like you.

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