How to balance kids and a career

How to balance kids and a career

It’s never easy for a parent to juggle a full-time job and family life, especially for a mother. Being a working mom can make you experience feelings of guilt and stress because of the divided attention between work and your family.

It’s hard to have an ideal balance between profession and parenthood. The question is, “Is it possible?” and, if so, “How?” Although there’s no secret recipe to balancing kids and a career, here are some tips that will help you achieve that much needed balance.

  • Don’t feel guilty. Let go of guilt. When starting work after days of being close to your kids, you may experience an emotional impact. Instead of feeling heart-wrenched that you’re not with your child, flip it. Think about how your work will benefit your family. You’ll have more financial freedom, and will be able to put away money for your children’s education, or camp. Of course, there will be good and bad days, but accept them both, and try to focus on the priorities of both worlds. Discuss your feelings with a partner or find a local support group. Remember, you’re not alone!
  • Find reliable childcare. Leaving a young child at home isn’t easy, but it can be easier if you find dependable childcare. Ask your group of mommy friends and your family for references to nannies and daycare centers. Try and make a plan before returning to your job. Interview nannies that you want to hire and take tours of local daycares. You’ll find your peace when you know your child is in good hands.
  • An easier morning. Avoid starting the day on a bad note by making mornings easier. Get organized the night before. Check your morning to-do list, and start packing your child’s lunch, lay out his clothes, and repack his backpack. Place them by the door so you can easily grab them on your way out. This way you’ll have free time in the morning and won’t have to rush.
  • Communicate with your boss. Every parent feels that family comes first, and you’ll feel much more relieved if your boss understands, too. Plan a meeting with your manager and discuss the possibility of flexible arrangements. It’s better to present some alternative solutions to your boss so he can see that your requests won’t affect your productivity.
  • Keep in touch with your kids. Stay connected with your kids when you’re not together. Your child will be comforted knowing you think of him during the day. Decorate your house by hanging pictures of yourself and your partner. Your child will feel soothed by familiar faces. If you have smaller kids, record yourself singing a well-known song or reading a story. Try and attend every event your child has, but if you can’t be there, have someone record it. Show you care by giving him something special the next day.

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