How to Balance Working Full-Time and Being A Parent
The stress of balancing a 40-hour work week with your children’s needs can affect your health in so many ways. Find a better balance between your work and home lives by keeping these tips in mind:
- Get rid of guilt. Studies have shown that children of working parents are no less well-adjusted than children with a parent that stays at home and may even do better academically. Many parents don’t have the financial freedom to choose to stay home. You are doing what is best for your family be ensuring they have food on the table and a roof over their head.
- Take care of yourself. Many parents cut out time for themselves, getting rid of hobbies, spending less time alone with their spouse and seeing friends less often. If you don’t take care of your needs, you can’t be your best for your children or your job. Be sure to make a little time for yourself each day, even if it is only 20 minutes.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you need help running the kids to practices, see if you can split carpool duty with other parents. Find a babysitter you trust and can rely on. Your support system is essential to reducing anxiety.
- Keep your appointments. There will be events at work and with your family that are non-negotiable. If you have to be at a dance recital, make that clear to your boss and stick to your plans. If it is essential you go to a work conference, find caregivers for your children that will make that possible. Prioritize your work and life duties to know when you can be flexible and when you can’t.
A perfect balance is not always possible, but you can still be happy with your arrangement by cutting yourself some slack and realizing what is most important.