As every working woman knows, it is not easy to devote time to kids when you have a full-time job. Here's help with finding a balance.
It is very important that you set a routine for your child. Wake her up at the same time everyday, feed her at the same times and put her to bed at the same time. A routine establishes a sense of security, and your child will know what to expect.
Make your life easier by deciding the previous night what you and your child are to wear the following day. If your child wears a school uniform, make sure it is ironed and hanging out at night itself. This makes for less of a rush in the morning.
Wake up before your child so you have time to do a half hour of yoga or go for a jog around the block before your child wakes up. If you can manage to finish off your exercise routine in the morning, you will not have to take more time out in the evening.
Let your children do as much as they can by themselves. You may think you are being a very loving mother by doing all your child's work for her, but all you are doing is making her shirk responsibility and increasing your work needlessly; thereby reducing the quality time you can spend with her later.
Breakfast is one meal you can easily have on the go, so make it accordingly. If mornings are usually rushed instead of constantly fighting for five extra minutes, simply give your child a glass of milk and a sandwich so if you are running late, she can have her breakfast in the car on the way to school.
If your child is unwell, decide between you and your husband who will spend time with her. If you have someone to look after her at home and you don't need to be around, nevertheless make it a point to drop in on your lunch break if your work is not too far, or come home early from work.
And finally, realise that you cannot be at home all the time, and that you will not be able to spend as much time with your children as a stay-at-home mother does, so there is no point in beating yourself up about it. The biggest mistake working women make is to feel guilty about the little time they spend with their children. It is the quality of time spent with children that matters, not the quantity. So although a stay-at-home mother may be spending more time at home, she may spend this time in the kitchen, watching television, chatting on the phone with her friends and running various other errands.
You too can achieve the same amount of bonding by setting time aside to spend with your child each day when you come back from work. Sit with your child and do some activity together. Read to her, play a game, take her out, or simply talk to her. Just do your best and you will find fulfillment.