It is 9PM and you are reading a bedtime story to your child. Yet, at the back of your mind, you are anxious and eager to finish that business report. As a working parent, it can be challenging to balance the demands of work and family life. Life can get hectic, you can suddenly feel engulfed by everything happening around you. You may even think about making drastic changes like quitting work to be a stay-home parent. However, there are ways to strike a balance between your career and family.
Here are our top 4 tips to make things a little easier:
1) Plan ahead
You likely have a work calendar or planner somewhere on your device! Why not have one for your personal life? Schedule your relaxation time, family time, doctor appointments, and other important dates. Planning your parenting responsibilities can help ease the pressure because you will feel more
organised and present at each event.
2) Set priorities
Between work obligations, school schedules, extracurricular activities, household chores, and everything else that needs to get done, it can feel like there are never enough hours in the day. That’s why setting priorities is so important. It is like creating a clear roadmap for your day, week, or month, which can help you stay organized and on track. We know time is a precious commodity for working parents! You can start by making a list of the things that you have to get done. We also recommend communicating with your family and coworkers to let them know what your priorities are. They can help support you and make sure you have the time and resources you need to focus on the things that matter most.
3) Make use of childcare services
Working parents often have limited time to spend with their children, which can be stressful for both the parent and the child. For example, toddlers require a lot of attention and care, which can be time-consuming. (Any other parent with toddlers here??) It can be challenging to balance the demands of work with the needs of a young child. Parents may need to take time off work to care for a sick child, attend doctor’s appointments, or deal with other unexpected events.
Some days, you need to take a day off just for yourself and it is completely okay to seek help! Self-care is also an essential element in good parenting. Aunty SG can help you. Booking a babysitter can be such a life saver. Whether you require a same-day booking or booking ahead, we are here to cater to your needs and schedule, making life just a little easier.
4) Don’t feel guilty
Every parent experiences guilt to some degree, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t define your worth as a parent. Mum (or even Dad) guilt can make you feel like you’re not doing enough, but remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can. Feeling guilty can cause unnecessary stress and distract you from being present in the moment. By focusing on the positive aspects of parenthood and celebrating your successes can help, it can alleviate this guilt. Let’s make the most of this journey we are on!