For any working parent, it can be hard to balance work and parenting. If you’re a working parent, you already know how difficult it can be to juggle the two areas of your life. In this blog, we try to cover how you can find balance in life while working and parenting. Performing well in your career is very important for anyone, but at the same time, you want to make sure you’re spending enough time with your kids so they receive all of your attention and love.
Many working parents struggle to find the right balance between these areas of their lives. Work-life balance is especially tough if you work irregular hours or have a very demanding job. Working on weekends or holidays can take up the free time. And if your job is high-pressure, it can be tempting to take on a lot of extra duties to prove yourself and advance at work. If you don’t find the right balance between work and raising children, both parts of your life will suffer.
So how can we solve this? How can we have a successful career and be involved as parents simultaneously? Here are some tips for balancing your life as a working parent.
Keep your work life in check
Working all the time can be stressful and time-consuming. You’ll never be able to fully disengage from your work responsibilities if you haven’t set boundaries between work and home. Setting boundaries like no phone usage after 9 pm on weeknights or no emailing after 6 pm on weekends will prevent you from getting sucked into the office vortex of never-ending tasks.
Know when to say no
If your boss asks you to stay late at work one night because he needs your help in finishing a project, do yourself a favor and refuse! Your family is more important than any job (unless you need that paycheck). That’s why it’s important to learn to say “no” whenever necessary.
Get a hobby and stick with it!
You can’t be the best parent possible if you’re working all the time. If your kids see you as constantly busy, they’ll think that’s just how life works—and that’s not healthy! So, to combat that, find a hobby or things you and your kids can enjoy together.
Take time for yourself!
As a working parent, the last thing you probably have time for is yourself—but you should take time! Try scheduling 15 minutes every day to do something you love, whether reading or going for a walk.
Ask for help!
Your family and friends are there to support you, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help with childcare or household chores when you need it. They’ll probably be happy to help if they’re able, making things easier on you.
Learn how to prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance. Think about the most important things—are they work or family-related? For example, if your child has a school play coming up at the same time as a big project for work, which would you choose? Think about what will have the biggest impact and focus on those first.
We’re not saying that you should spend all of your time working or with your kids. You should be spending quality time with them, and if you are working from home, they will be around a lot more. So, if you have a day where you cannot concentrate because the kids are making too much noise and the house is too chaotic, take the time to forget about work for the day and spend some time with your kids.
You might think that you need to work early in the morning or late at night to make up for a lost time during the day when your kids are awake, but being a parent should not mean that you never get time to yourself. It’s important to take care of yourself, even if it means only having a few hours every week.
Self-care is important because when you feel good about yourself, you will feel better about everything else in your life.