By: Jillian Wendling, Beth McCampbell, FPQP™, and Alyssa Anderson
Posted: 7/8/2024
From ColumbusCEO Summer 2024 Article

Whether it be a corporate ladder or a literal ladder you’re climbing every day, being a full-time working mom comes with its challenges. So, what insight can the working mothers of PDS offer? Whether you’re a new mom or a mom in the workforce for over a decade, we’ve learned advice is not one size fits all. Here are some insights that have helped us through our own transitions, while ceremoniously tipping our hats to all the great working mothers who paved the way before us.

The Comeback

  • Embrace the change.
    This one is hard to swallow, however being open to change can help shift your mindset to focus on what you can control to accept the uneasiness of change.
  • Celebrate the wins!
    Celebrate one win every You left the house on time, the kids ate today, or you met an important deadline. These are all wins!
  • Give yourself grace.
    Working moms are their own worst critics, and we are often harsher on our­ selves than those around us. None of us are perfect and that’s OK!

The Great Balancing Act

  • Find your balance.
    It often feels like you are walking a tightrope between work life and personal life, but the reality is no exact balance exists. Although it takes time, ultimately you will determine what suits your life and what doesn’t.
  • Seek support.
    Find other moms inside and outside the workplace to share and discuss the struggle of juggling both worlds. Accept their words of encouragement and offer it to them, as well. All moms deserve to hear “you’re doing great” more often!
  • Prioritize your mental health.
    Mentally check in with yourself to run a self-assessment. When you’re in a good mental space, acknowledge it and keep doing what got you there!

Create Your Own Professional Expectations

  • Set boundaries.
    Don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for your­ self. Setting professional boundaries can create a functional space allowing for peak productivity and
  • Note accomplishments and ask for help.
    Make note of everything you have accomplished, big or small. Let those accomplishments motivate you and accept the reality you can’t do it all on your own. Asking for help can lead to a win­/win situation both at work and home.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
    Being part of a team is more rewarding that trying to go alone. Be a leading example in building others up and allow others to build you up, as well.

Working moms are comprised of equal parts resilience and determination. Juggling it all can be a struggle, but hopefully our insights provide you comfort in knowing there are many others on a similar journey. The working mothers of PDS salute you!

At PDS, our working mothers are integral in helping our clients plan for financial security with the patience and empathy of a caring mother. Most of our clients also find themselves juggling complex lives and look to PDS for financial advice that meets their needs, for a fair fee. That’s why at PDS we help clients for flat fee stated in dollars, not based on the value of your portfolio.

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