Celebrating Working Moms in Manufacturing: Embracing What You Want This Mother's Day


Celebrating Working Moms in Manufacturing: Embracing What You Want This Mother's Day 

By Deborah Porter 

To all the incredible working mothers in manufacturing, take a moment to give yourself a well-deserved round of applause. You are the backbone of both your family and the manufacturing industry, balancing countless responsibilities with grace, determination, and sheer grit. As Mother's Day approaches, it's essential to acknowledge and celebrate who you are, while also prioritizing your own well-being and what you want this year.

We already know the incredible work you do day in and day out - from managing production schedules to ensuring quality standards are met. Your dedication and hard work are the driving force behind the success of your team and your company. And then you head home and show up as the amazing support and cheerleader for your family.

So, what does someone get the amazing person that is you, for Mother’s Day?

We know that time with family is amazing. We also know that most of us don’t really “need” anything. But this is the moment that the humans that came through you get to show you what you mean to them. So, I ask you, “What do you want?”

I’ve been known to tell spouses and kids alike; she doesn’t want a cookbook.

She wants a chef.

She also doesn't want any household appliances.

She wants a laundry service and a team to clean the house.

Finally, she doesn’t want world peace, (well, she may) but right now she wants everyone in the house to get along.

I’m kidding but not kidding.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of Mother's Day and ask for what you want (Sidebar: if you don’t ask, you may end up with a new trash can. Don’t ask me how I know):

Communicate Your Needs: As working mothers, we often put the needs of others before our own. This Mother’s Day don't be afraid to communicate your desires openly and honestly. Whether it's restructuring how household chores get done, some alone time to relax or something in-between. Let your loved ones know what would make you feel truly appreciated and valued.

Set Boundaries: It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but on Mother's Day it's essential to set boundaries and carve out time for yourself. Turn off your work emails, put away the to-do list and focus on indulging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Remember, self-care isn't selfish – it's necessary for maintaining your well-being.

Delegate Responsibilities: As working mothers, we often feel like we have to do it all. But the truth is, you can’t. This Mother’s Day don't hesitate to begin delegating tasks and let others take the reins -not just for the day but into the year. Whether it's enlisting your partner or kids to cook dinner one or two nights a week or giving your kids the responsibility of managing their own laundry, this is a great time to evaluate what’s working and not working for you.

Mother’s Day can be a great time to recalibrate and set things in motion for the second half of the year to be more in line with what you hope for and desire.

So, let me be the first to say Happy Mother’s Day to the amazing woman and mother that is you. It’s your day! Do with it what you desire.

If you want to hear more from Deborah, be sure to register for the upcoming Moms in MFG virtual event, taking place on Thursday, June 13, 2024. At Moms in MFG, you'll gain access to a wealth of valuable content tailored specifically to your needs as a mom or caregiver in manufacturing. Learn from experts, like Deborah, who understand the unique challenges you face and discover strategies to thrive both personally and professionally.

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