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Help for stressed moms

NIVASHNI NAIR | 2016-11-02 07:45:22.0
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The juggle is real - South African working moms are long on love but short on time.

Ahead of the country's first Working Mothers Expo in Johannesburg this weekend, organisers have revealed that 67% of South African working moms battle to cope with demands on their time.

Expo founder Janice Windt said working mothers across all race groups and income brackets spend half of their day desperately trying to juggle parenting and work.

"Children need their parents to find the energy to be present and spend real quality time with them," she said.

Windt said the expo brought together everything working mothers need under one roof.

"Working mothers need to realise they are not alone," she said.

Parenting expert Nikki Bush, said many mothers who work a full day spent as little as two hours a day with their children during the work week.

"Most of that time is spent getting children dressed, fed, bathed, doing homework and chores.

"Hardly what we would classify as quality time."

Parents also needed to learn how to organise their schedules and make time for their children, "regardless of the limited hours available to them", Bush added.

Exhibitors and speakers at the expo will cover topics from professional performance, financial independence, childcare, maternity leave, health and fitness, self-care and flexible work opportunities.

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