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Transition From Working Woman to Mommy Mode

Seeing a lil one's eyes light up when mama walks through the door after a long day at work is the highlight of many working mothers' days. In fact, it is that look alone that gets many moms through their day. In the minutes (or hours) between leaving the office and seeing her tots, mum must transition both her brain and her body into mommy mode. This often means a quick decompression and settling in to leave the stresses of work behind and turn her attention to her family. To make the transition, some moms take five minutes to write up their to-do list for the next day before entering the home while others drive around the block one extra time just to clear their brain.

What do you do to ease the transition between work and home?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
The drive to daycare from work (or work from daycare) gives me enough time to listen to music and chill out and feel like myself again. "Jen" is an important step in the transition between Serious Ambulance Dispatcher and Liz's Mom, and I need some time to get back to my baseline before I start either job (telling the ambulances where to go, or being Mom).
Moms Moms 6 years
I feel like all my modes are the same. I plan for the next day once my kids are asleep, but in waking hours it's just go, go, go.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
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lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 6 years
Drive around the block? Uhm, never. I want to see my baby!!! Multi-task during my commute? Absolutely :) Normally, during the day, I take a couple minutes here and a couple minutes there to figure out what order I'm going to do things in to be most efficient. An my kiddo goes to bed so early I always have a couple of hours later on at night to get stuff done. The number one thing I do to be ready to see my little guy is have dinner made before I get home. It's usually in the fridge and just needs re-heating so we have lots of time to sit down and enjoy dinner together. But that usually means being way organized on the weekends to acomplish that.
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
I never did anything like that....I was just so excited after working 12 hr days to get home! Funny thing is, I feel like I was more organized at home when I was working crazy hours than I am now that I am staying at home.
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