Work-life balance is the relationship between your work and the other important things in your life, like your family, sport and social life, household chores, volunteer commitments and so on. If you feel like you have enough time for all of these things in your life, you probably have a good work-life balance.
And when you have a good work-life balance, you’re more likely to have the mental and emotional energy to give your children the loving attention they need to develop, learn and thrive.
A well-balanced family life can also help you enjoy life, manage stress and prevent burnout at work.
Tips to balance work and children
- Let go of your guilt- As a parent you need to set expectations with your family & child about your working schedule.
- Opt for a quality Childcare- Looking for a good quality childcare close to your work place will mean your child is taken care of and you have access to your child in your working hours.
- Make mornings easier- Waking up 15 mins earlier than your child makes a world of a difference to your morning mood. Create simple fun wake up rituals for your child and play a few favourite songs.
- Limit Distractions and Time Wasters- Time management is at our end as a parent, young children flourish with routines, and this will help you manage your time well.
- Create special family activities- Creating 2 dedicated family activity days in a week will sets fair expectations with your child and you will not be expected to entertain on the other days. You need to put in a good thought before you commit to these 2 days. For example: Wednesday can be ‘At the park with Mommy’ or Saturdays- Cooking with Daddy. Please ensure this commitment is kept.
Simple changes in your regular routine and setting expectations with your children will bring about happy changes and help you to fairly balance work and family.