Being a parent while also holding down a full-time job (or several part-time jobs) can be a thankless endeavor. It is also difficult, exhausting, and stressful. If you have children and also work, you know just how hard it can be at times. You may sometimes feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all that you need to or that you have to make sacrifices at work to be a better parent or at home to be a better employee. At the end of the day though, just remember that you are doing the best you can and you can do both! Here are 3 life tips for busy working parents.
Work For Yourself
If you are able to figure out a way to start your own business and become your own boss, this is one of the best situations for balancing work and family. Try marketing your business online in order to drive growth so that you can start making a profit right away. These profits along with the ability to make your own schedule will open up so much free time for you to spend with your kids. Never miss another one of their plays or sporting events again.
Take Advantage Of Days Off
Anytime you have days off from work, try to schedule them ahead of time so that you take advantage of your free time as much as possible. You may be tired and feel like you just need to rest on your days off, but it is important to plan them out a little ahead of time so that nothing gets away from you. For instance, you may not have much time for household chores or meal prepping during your workweek so you may need to schedule these things for your days off. Planning ahead of time and being wise with scheduling will boost your mental health and benefit your entire family!
If your job allows you to, you should try to work remotely/from home whenever possible. Eliminating your commute entirely is the best way to maximize time with your family. If this is a possibility for you, make a special space at home, separate from where your kids and/or partner hang out so that you don’t get distracted with home or family issues during your designated work times.
Being a working parent is more common than you might realize, so don’t let it get you overwhelmed. Try the tips above to help you maximize the amount of time you have with your family and be a wonderful parent without ever having to sacrifice any aspect of your career in order to make that happen!