Tips for working parents: Balancing career and family

Author Davina Fisher
June 15, 2023

Over the years, I have learned a few tips and tricks that have helped me to navigate this juggling act with a bit more ease.

Be organised: One of the most helpful things that working parents can do is to be organised. This means preparing your children’s bags and clothes the night before. This will make mornings much smoother and reduce the likelihood of last-minute chaos. Also create a family calendar with all school events.

Deal with children’s resistance: Dealing with children’s reluctance to go to school or stay at after-school clubs can be tough. In these situations, it’s essential to discuss openly and honestly with your children, explaining why certain things are necessary. Let them know that you’re doing what’s best for them and that you’re always there for them, even if you can’t be physically present.

Embracing flexibility: This may mean negotiating flexible working hours or finding a job that allows for some working from home days. Embracing flexibility can help you to be there for your family while still pursuing your career goals.

Open communication: Talk to your employer about your needs and expectations. Be open to brainstorming solutions that work for both parties. By encouraging open communication, you can build trust and create a more supportive work environment.

Set boundaries: As a working parent, it’s important to set boundaries with your colleagues and external clients. Let them know that you have family responsibilities and that you may not be available at all times. Be clear about your working hours and ensure that you stick to them.

Make up time: If you have to finish early to take care of your children, try to make up the time when they’re occupied or asleep. This may mean working late in the evening or early in the morning, but it can help you to stay on top of your workload while still being there for your family.

Seek support: It’s essential to seek support from family, friends, and colleagues, especially during particularly challenging times. This could mean asking for help with childcare or seeking advice from other working parents. Don’t be afraid to communicate your needs and seek out the support you require to thrive both at work and at home.

Cherish family time: The reality of being a working parent is that sacrifices have to be made. It can feel that there is no longer any “me time” when working full time and looking after children. However, try to embrace this precious and special time with your kids as me/ family time. This mindset can help you to find relaxation and enjoyment in these moments.

To discuss these tips further, your career or hiring opportunities, please reach out to Davina Fisher.

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