A Daily Schedule for Working Moms

by Inez Haythorn

If you work outside the home, you know how hard it is to keep up with housework, laundry, and meals. You come home from work tired and start in on your “second job”. Here are some suggestions that may help you feel less frazzled by the end of the day.

Before you make out your daily schedule, think seriously about what your priorities are. This will depend a lot on the age of your children and your family’s activities. My priorities are God, family, and then home management. This is a suggestion for a sample daily schedule.

MORNING

1. Try to get up a little early and spend some time in Bible reading and prayer. I have found that the rest of the day goes so much better when I do this.

2. Prepare a healthy breakfast for yourself and your family. Make beds. Get everyone ready and off to work and school.

AFTER WORK

3. If possible, take a little time to unwind and catch up with your children’s and husband’s day.

4. Start dinner. Meanwhile, unload the dishwasher and throw in a load of laundry.

5. Have a relaxing, sit-down dinner with your family. Make this a pleasant time of closeness and communication.

6. After supper, do the dishes, tidy up the kitchen, take out garbage. Set up the coffee for the next day.

7. Put laundry away, do a quick tidy of your living room.

8. Enlist the help of your children if they are old enough.

9. Make sure homework is done, backpack and supplies are ready, and clothes are laid out for the next day for your children.

10. Now relax and have some family time. An immaculate house may be nice, but not a requirement. Don’t waste precious time with your kids being a slave to your house. The time passes too quickly. The house will still be there when they are grown. Read together, play games, or just sit and talk. What you invest in your children now will reap great benefits and rewards later.

NIGHT TIME

Finish the day with a Bible story or Bible reading and prayer with your family. Get to bed early for a good night’s sleep.

Inez Haythorn is a Christian wife, mother, elementary school teacher, pianist, and freelance writer. Her goal is to glorify and honor God, and bless and help others.

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Comments

  1. This sounds ideal but what if you are single and don’t have the support of a husband? By the way, according to this example, what is the man doing to help? What’s his role?

  2. Wendy Meyer says:

    This sounds good but it is unattainable. For example, I get home from work at 6pm. The kids go to bed at 8pm. That only leaves two hours. Then, after cleaning up from dinner and doing a load of laundry, I am exhausted.
    I leave before the kids and do get everything ready before i walk out the door. I get up at 5:30am already and still can’t get it all done. I never sit and relax or find time to exercise or read the bible.

    It is very challenging. Husbands need to pitch in more.

  3. Shantell Alfred says:

    It is very hard and exhausting. Being a single mom of two, a four and five year old, I enlist their help a lot! My five year old knows how to fold clothes and put them away. my Four year old can load the washer and dryer and knows how to start it. They help with dishes and cleaning the bathroom. And they actually enjoy it and ask to help. For NOW anyway. I just have to learn to be more consistent with them, even when I’m tired.

    For the lady that said exercise was an issue, exercise with your kids like dancing in a game of Freeze, or playing Limbo. A good cardio and back workout. I believe if you do an exercise routine, your kids will follow along and that will pay off for them in the long run being America has the highest rate in child obesity.

    Exercise on the commercial of family’s favorite TV show. Have a contest who can do the most jumping jakes or the most pushups during commercial. That is if you get time to watch T.V.!

  4. I continuously try to attain a schedule, but I leave the house at 7:30am and don’t get home until 6:30pm. Its awful. I don’t know what to do, but I pretty much hate my life right now. I have even wondered why God has allowed me to have a kid if all I have to do is work.

  5. Unmarried woman says:

    “A woman shall be saved in childbearing” – a woman’s greatest fulfilment is only attained when she raises her children and devotes her time to them. I don’t know what a single mom should do but if you have a husband, let him work and you take care of the home or work part time. Greed is the cause of a lot of misery

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