Women who successfully juggle kids and a career tend to share these 8 unique character traits

Balancing a career and raising children is no easy feat. But there are women who not only manage it, but excel at it.

These women seem to have a unique set of character traits that allow them to successfully juggle these two demanding roles.

But what exactly are these traits, and how do they contribute to these superwomen’s success?

In this article, we’ll be exploring the 8 unique character traits that these women tend to share. Whether it’s their ability to multitask, their exceptional time management skills or their unwavering determination – let’s delve into what makes these women stand out from the rest.

1) Exceptional multitasking abilities

One of the most common traits shared by women who successfully juggle kids and a career is their exceptional ability to multitask.

Let’s face it, between managing work projects and keeping up with your children’s needs, life can get pretty hectic.

But these superwomen seem to have a knack for handling multiple tasks at once.

It’s almost like they have an extra set of hands. They can be on a conference call while preparing dinner, or answering emails while waiting at the doctor’s office.

But here’s the thing:

Doing multiple things at once is fine, but doing them all efficiently and effectively is what makes these women successful in both areas. 

2) Unwavering determination

Another trait I’ve noticed in women who excel at both their careers and motherhood is an unwavering determination.

My old friend from school is now a successful lawyer and also a devoted mother of two.

One day, she shared with me her experience of preparing for a major court case. She was up late every night for weeks, researching and planning her strategy.

But when her youngest came down with the flu during this same period, she didn’t skip a beat.

Despite the added challenge, she took care of her child, ensuring he was comfortable and taken care of, all while continuing to prepare for her case. And guess what?

She won that case.

Her determination was unwavering, even in the face of challenges.

3) Proactive problem-solving

Women who juggle kids and a career are often excellent problem solvers. It’s almost like they have a sixth sense for predicting potential issues before they arise and finding effective solutions in advance.

This proactive approach to problem-solving is crucial, especially when managing the unpredictability of both work and family life.

My mom, for example, would somehow just “know” when my brother or I were falling sick. She’d have us loaded up on vitamins, soup simmering, and steamy showers prepared so that our symptoms wouldn’t get worse.

She did this because she knew she couldn’t always take time off work. Similarly, I remember her anticipating things going wrong in the office and doing what she could to avoid them so they wouldn’t eat into her home time with us. 

It was a lot to juggle, but she made it happen. 

And ultimately, this forward-thinking mindset allows women to navigate the complexities of their lives more efficiently and effectively.

4) High level of adaptability

The ability to adapt to changing circumstances is another key trait shared by women who successfully balance a career and raising children.

With constant changes in work schedules, children’s activities, and unexpected events, these women are always ready to switch gears at a moment’s notice. 

Whether it’s a last-minute meeting at work or a sudden school event for their child, they are able to quickly adjust their plans and make things work.

This level of adaptability is not just about being flexible. It involves thinking on your feet, being resourceful, and staying resilient even when things don’t go as planned. It’s this adaptability that helps them manage the ebb and flow of work and family life.

5) Strong time management skills

pic mother and child Women who successfully juggle kids and a career tend to share these 8 unique character traits

Time is a precious commodity for everyone, but it’s especially crucial for women juggling a career and kids.

One common trait among these successful women is their impressive time management skills.

They seem to have mastered the art of scheduling, prioritizing, and optimizing their time to ensure everything gets done.

From setting aside dedicated hours for work, allocating time for children’s activities, or even carving out some much-needed personal time – they manage to make every minute count.

But here’s where the real magic lies:

Women who do this well also know to set aside time for self-care. To unwind and relax. To just be present, outside of being a mom or an employer/employee. Without this, it’s very hard to juggle all the different areas in life without suffering from burnout. 

6) Profound sense of empathy

I once had a friend at work tell me that she was never very empathetic before having children.

But once her kids came along, something in her shifted. She started viewing people differently, through a kinder, more compassionate lens. 

You see, these women who have so much on their plate, also have a deep understanding and appreciation of the feelings and needs of others, whether it’s their children, their colleagues, or their employees.

This empathy allows them to connect on a deeper level with the people around them.

It helps them understand their child’s perspective when they’re upset, or an employee’s situation when they’re facing challenges.

7) Resilience in the face of challenges

Life is full of unexpected ups and downs, and this is especially true when balancing a career and family.

Women who juggle both tend to possess a remarkable resilience that allows them to weather these challenges.

I remember a time in my own life when I faced a major setback at work. It was a difficult period, filled with stress and self-doubt. But watching these women in my life, seeing how they handled their own struggles, gave me strength. 

They taught me that there’s no use in avoiding my problems. That the only way is forward. That women (and all people) can achieve incredible things if they cultivate a resilient mindset. 

I recently asked my cousin how she was managing everything (she has twin boys, aged 4 and a toddler, and she’s also running a business with her husband). She said that even though times can be hard, the little one struggles to sleep at night and the twins are constantly falling sick from bugs they pick up at school, they just push through. 

She reminds herself every day that the struggle is temporary, and that she’s been very blessed to have the life she has, so she focuses on that rather than all the negatives. 

8) Ability to set boundaries

Now, it’s one thing to have a resilient mindset, but navigating the blurred lines between professional and personal life is no doubt a challenge. That’s why one crucial trait of women who successfully juggle kids and a career is their ability to set boundaries.

They understand the importance of differentiating between work time and family time, and they ensure that one does not encroach on the other.

This might mean turning off work emails during dinner time or making it clear to their team that family emergencies take precedence.

By setting these boundaries, they’re able to dedicate their full attention to each sphere of their life when it’s needed.

And more important than anything is the fact that boundary setting also ensures they take care of their own well-being in the process. Without that, they wouldn’t be able to do the rest. 

Final thoughts

These women who manage to juggle kids and a career successfully are not superhuman. They are real women with real struggles. But they have learned to cultivate these unique character traits that help them maintain this delicate balance.

Each of these traits, whether it’s resilience, empathy, adaptability, or resilience, contributes in its own way to their successful juggling act.

But remember, no one is perfect. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. And it’s okay if you’re still figuring things out.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway here is that these traits can be nurtured and developed over time. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t embody all these traits yet.

Instead, see them as guiding principles that can help you find your own balance in juggling your career and your family life. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about being perfect, but about finding what works best for you and your family.

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Eliza Hartley

Eliza Hartley, a London-based writer, is passionate about helping others discover the power of self-improvement. Her approach combines everyday wisdom with practical strategies, shaped by her own journey overcoming personal challenges. Eliza's articles resonate with those seeking to navigate life's complexities with grace and strength.

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