Listen to any weather forecast and the news is likely to be the same, another storm is brewing and parents across the country–from Texas to Maine–are once again stressing about the ever-dreaded “Snow Day!” Bad weather is keeping kids home but doesn’t stop parents from working in this technological age.
Teresa Taylor, former Fortune 200 COO, speaker, author, active Board member, wife, and mom, offers working moms (and dads) some advice for surviving snow days and still thriving at work. She believes ‘balance’ does not exist, so don’t plan on that myth to survive this winter. Here are a few tips to Find Snow Day Success as a Working Mom:
5 Tips to Surviving Snow Days as a Working Parent
- Enjoy the moment – although it seems like a challenge and disruptive, try to cherish the time at home with the kids and be present in the time that you do have with the kids. This is a rare opportunity.
- Set time limits – even though you can’t go to the office many others across the US can, so you still have obligations to customers, vendors, etc.. That means you are working from home! Set a specific time to work and then set a specific time to enjoy the snow! Follow your time limits and learn to walk away.
- Take a walk – what an opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy the weather. When was the last time that you made a snowman, had some hot chocolate or watched the snowflakes?
- Create options – winter isn’t over, so this will keep happening. Think about back-up plans, what-ifs, and assume that the day is not going to go the way you planned! And, share responsibilities!
Meanwhile, Teresa Taylor’s book, The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work/Life Success, provides unique yet palpable solutions for women to simplify the complexities of a modern professional lifestyle—from parenting and married life to travel, friendship and business and more. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day too.
Golden, CO-resident and former long-time COO of Qwest, a $12 billion telecommunications and media company, Taylor is a sought after as a speaker on topics including leadership, economic development, and innovation. In fact, Governor Hickenlooper recently appointed Mrs. Taylor to join the Economic Development Council of Colorado as well.