How can I make the transition from work to home feel less pressured?
As difficult as it may be at times, you must learn to switch roles at the end of the day. Women who stay in work mode at home are doomed to frustration. The following tips can help make that shift back to your mommy role as smooth as possible:
Take time to rejuvenate. Putting some space between work and home, even if only for 10 minutes or so, often helps bridge the transition, says Debra Waterhouse, M.P.H., R.D., author of Outsmarting Female Fatigue (Hyperion, 2001). Some ideas: Write in a journal or buy yourself some flowers.
Keep work at work. Use your commute at the end of the day to review your workday; then, once you step in the door, make a conscious effort to focus on your child. Turn off your cell phone, don't check e-mail and let your machine pick up phone calls so that you can give your family undivided attention.
Buy time. If you have in-home child care, pay for an extra half-hour past the time you get home. Use that time to shift gears. Change from work clothes to mommy clothes and discuss the child's day with the caregiver.