It can be sometimes very difficult to find the right balance between work and personal life, even more difficult as a parent. For Working Parent Day, Kensington Mums compiled the best tips and advice to help you juggling between your work and family life.
- Time management: Be strict and draw the line. When you are working, work hard, When you are with kids, it’s their time. Try never to mix the two. We know how hard this can be but it’s important for the children to not resent you or your working life.
- To do lists are a MUST! And for those, who like us, are stationary addicts its even fun to organize a weekly or monthly planner with different color highlighters & tick with different pens or pencils as you go along.
- Prioritise- We could all do with few more hours in a day to get everything we need to do done but then again, if we had that more time… we would just pile more things on the list. It’s a vicious circle but it’s important to priorities correctly. The power of now is what counts.
- Disconnect: Our work is very much online, starting with emails, meetings, editing, writing and then of course, always switched on, on Social media. Its important to take breaks. Have a proper lunch break and don’t just grab something and rush it while trying to make work calls or fit in another email.
- Childcare- Our work is very much online, starting with emails, meetings, editing, writing and then of course, always switched on, on Social media. Its important to take breaks. Have a proper lunch break and don’t just grab something and rush it while trying to make work calls or fit in another email.
- Let go of guilt: It’s a common thing, as mothers, to feel guilty. Some mums don’t have a choice and other decide to work. Whether its to pursue a dream, maintain career or just wanting to keep connected with the outside world and mum duties, no one has the right to judge or make you feel guilty about it because you are not harming anyone. If fact, have you ever thought the good example you are giving your kids about working?
- Excercise- Both to maintain a healthy lifestyle & maintain sanity, exercise is very important for you to keep fit and release any stress you may be piling up from work or children behavior. Don’t underestimate this, it will make a difference to your everyday approach to things.
- Make me time a priority: We cannot emphasize on this enough; every mum needs some alone time doing whatever is it that makes her happy outside of the family nucleus. Whatever it is that helps you recharge your batteries it is important to keep doing it on a regular basis. Doing so is not selfish it is a necessity and we all know too well that a happy mummy makes a happy family and if mama isn’t on top of things, the rest crumbles pretty quickly.
- Support network: Mums are an incredible support. Every mum is different and so are children but mums generally understand what you are going through on a daily basis so open up and build strong relationships with mums around you.
- Family Time: Just as you make time for work, making time for your family, little ones and partner is crucial. This is important to nurture your family dynamic and it creates a sense of belonging and special family bonding. Make the time you spend with your little one really special. Quality time is more important than quantity. Either share a passion of yours with them or spend time doing something they really love doing, something simple that brings them joy such as painting, dancing or singing.
- Fun time: Our little ones love copying us. Spend more time with them by getting them involved in household chores. Make it fun and engaging and let them help you cook or put clothes in the wash. Let them make funny faces with vegetable cutting or play with dough. It allows them to learn new skills and also you have company when doing tasks that might feel boring. And these will make fun memories for them to remember.
- Communicate: If they are old enough to understand tell your little one about your job and what you do. Share with them what a day looks like and the fun things you get to do.
- Organisation: organisation is key to success. You need to be very organised to maximise the time you have when working and really be productive. Only when you have all the information you need and all your need elements is when you can then work and achieve what you expected from that time you dedicate to work and be away from your little one.
- Get help: Get our husband/partner involved in the house chores – if you are both working then you must divide the home tasks as well so you can both dedicate quality time with your little ones and also have the things that need to be done at home
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