The experience of working mother who have toddlers to achieve work-family balance


  • Yasrin Nur Fajriyati Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia
  • Sri Lestari Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia
  • Wisnu Sri Hertinjung Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia


qualitative research, toddler, under-five children, work-family balance, working mother


A working mother has responsibilities in two different contexts: family and work. Working mothers need a work-family balance so that they are able to carry out their roles optimally, especially for working mothers who have toddler. This study aims to explore how work-family balance is obtained in working mothers with toddler. This was qualitative research using a phenomenological approach that utilized purposive sampling technique to approach the subjects. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with the mothers of toddler and were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The results of the study showed that working mothers with toddler experienced difficulties in performing double roles. The efforts they did to minimize the conflict and to achieve the balance between work and family were asking for help from their closest ones, such as husbands or other members of the family, actively communicating with the child’s caregivers when they were working, managing emotions and having positive thinking, not mixing up the work and household matters, regarding quality time with the child as recovery time from work fatigue, and developing patience while being with the child.


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Fajriyati, Y. N., Lestari, S., & Hertinjung, W. S. (2022). The experience of working mother who have toddlers to achieve work-family balance. Jurnal Psikologi Ulayat, 10(1), 59–78.



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