If you struggle balancing a career and children, you’re not alone! I know first hand what its like, I have 3 children and when they were born I had 3 under the age of 2 year 2 months at the same time running a business. Many parents struggle finding the time to juggle both. But, with the right approach, it is more than possible!
Here are eight tips to balance a career and children.
Number 1: It’s not easy
Now we’re not saying it’s impossible, but it’s not going to be a walk in the park either. All children and families are different, and there’s no one size fits all approach. Once you find a routine that works best for you, stick with it.
Number 2: Flexibility is key
Sometimes, unexpected events get in the way of our plans and there’s just nothing you can do. Rather than stress about it, accept that that’s the way it’s going to be and continue going about your day. Being able to adapt to changing routines in paramount.
Number 3: Ask for help
Whether that be family, friends, your partner or a nanny, knowing that you have a support network to help you when schedules get a little hectic is important. Also don’t hesitate to send your child to daycare, not only will they be looked after and learn valuable social skills, but it provides you much needed time to get your work done.
Number 4: Outsource responsibilities
Hate cleaning? Hire a cleaner. Hate watering the plants? Hire a gardener. Hate cooking? Get healthy EFF meals delivered to your door. By hiring professional help for the mundane tasks, you will gain more time for family fun.
Number 5: Dedicate family time
Whether that be eating a meal together or going for a nightly walk, ensuring you spend quality time with family is important for your mental and emotional health. It will also help you recharge and be more productive in your working hours.
Number 6: Family holidays
If you travel frequently, try having the family meet you towards the end of the trip. Not only will this give you something to look forward to, but will be able to create precious memories that will last a lifetime.
Number 7: Don’t miss the important events
Birthday, Christmas when a child is sick or accepting an award – being with your family for those special moments is crucial. Make these times a priority.
Number 8: Make the weekend count
If you’re lucky to get these two days off work, try not to check emails or complete work-related tasks on your days off. Dedicate these days as family time – whether it be attending weekend sports, going on mini road trips or just spending quality time with the kids, it all counts.
Number 9: Let go of the guilt
Feeling guilty about not spending time with the kids when you’re working, focus on how it’s helping them and you. If working makes you happy and fulfills your individual needs, there’s no need to feel guilty, especially if you already have dedicated family time set aside.
Number 10: Be connected
If your little ones are young and missing you, try to call them on your lunch break. Not only will this allow you to know how they are going but they will also enjoy hearing your voice.