Are you a stressed out parent with too much to do, and too little time? In between packing for school, packing for work, meetings with teachers, meetings with your boss – is there ever time to simply relax and enjoy life?
There’s no doubt that parenting can be stressful, and while you can’t add more hours to the day, you can try to manage it better so that your time is spent wisely.
It’s not about being a supermom or dad; it’s about making sure you’re productive at work and spending quality time with your kids while at home – as opposed to catching up on chores or bringing work home with you constantly.
As the infographic below highlights, the struggle to balance work and family affects both men and women, almost equally. This may be because, according to government data, in the last decade more dads have become active caregivers at home, and more moms have become household breadwinners. While this is a win for equality, it also highlights that employers still have a fair way to go in keeping employees happy.
The Council of Economic Advisors have found a few other interesting facts when it comes to American families and work:
While your workplace’s rules on flexible working can take time to change – remember, you don’t get what you don’t ask for. So start asking now, and who knows what the workplace might be like for when your kids are working.
But for now, there are still things you can do at home to help you manage your day. See the infographic below for some tips on managing your busy life.
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Sometimes, 24 hours in a day just isn't enough.
According to a time use survey by Pew Research Center:
Parents find child care more rewarding than paid work.
Activities rated 'very meaningful'
However, they also find it the most exhausting activity of the day.
Activities rated 'very tiring'
Both moms and dads struggle when it comes to balancing work and family.
say that one of their daily stressors during the work day is child care needs.
With more moms being household breadwinners, and more dad becoming family caregivers - how can a better work-life balance for both parents be achieved?
If you answered NO to any of above, perhaps it's time to bring your work-life equilibrium back into order.
1. Be prepared the night before
Avoid the manic morning rush by getting organized the night before.
2. Plan meals ahead
Enjoy healthy, home cooked meals throughout the week without having to invest weekday time to food prep.
On Sunday, either:
3. Utilize the Internet
Avoid the stressful combination of busy shops and restless kids.
Hop online to:
4. See if work can be flexible
Employers haven't quite caught up with the needs of modern families.
49% of parents have chosen to pass up a job because it conflicted with family obligations
Tips on asking your boss:
5. Make a family calendar
Not only will it help you keep on top of things, but it'll also encourage kids to be more organized.
6. Leave work at work
Technology can often blur the line between work and family.
37% of parents find it hard to switch off from 'work mode' at home
If you do have to take work home with you:
7. Make 'you' time a priority
It's not being selfish, it's being human. Set aside one evening a week to do something you enjoy.
8. Divide and conquer
Let your partner help with your workload.
9. Give up on perfection
So what if your home's a bit messy, or meals aren't cooked from scratch every day. Life is too short to worry.
42% of mothers say they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress - the worry they're not creative or crafty enough.
Nowadays, there's still this idea of motherhood as being a sacrifice. However, working is a way of growing both professionally and personally - which is important to acknowledge - both for moms and dads. - Agustina Gonzales Carman @ angulita
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