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Juggling It All: Family and Work Life

It’s not always easy to find a balance when family life and work life are making demands. Here are some tips to help you juggle it all and take care of yourself too.

“It’s important to find the proper work-life balance.” Haven’t we all heard that? The reality is, however, it’s not always easy.

On the one hand, you can feel pressure at your job to get work done effectively and efficiently.

On the other hand, you may also feel pressure at home to make sure you are giving your child the attention and time he or she needs, as well as time for your spouse and all the chores – from laundry to dishes.
Remember, you need – and want — time for enjoying family and friends, and time for yourself too.

Trying to be all and do all is an impossible task. Setting realistic priorities and expectations, and then following through, will allow you to approach your day with more focus and confidence and allow you to be your best for both your family and your workplace.
It may seem impossible at times, but you can learn to juggle and find a balance in your life.

Be Proactive

Being proactive means preparing for the inevitable and even for possible “surprises.” Plan ahead.

Childcare

If you and your spouse work or you’re a single parent, you are going to need some childcare. Ask yourself:

Sickness

Time at Work

Time at Home

Mealtime

Chores

Be Here Now

When at work, be at work. When at home, be at home.

Sounds simple, but sometimes it’s not. Unless it’s an emergency, don’t look at work email at home. At work — don’t keep checking with childcare. If you are on call 24/7 for work and family, you will burn out and struggle with both.

The more you can focus on where you are and what you are doing, the more you will get done and the more you will enjoy wherever you are.

You and Your Relationships

Despite how busy you are managing work and homelife, nourish your adult relationships and take the time to nurture yourself. Find opportunities where you can or create some time!

It’s Not 50/50

Being there for work and for family is not always evenly split into a nice neat 50/50 package.

Sometimes, you need to focus more on family. Maybe your child is having a hard time teething. Perhaps your partner is away with the National Guard or on business and your child needs extra attention.

Sometimes, a big project at work needs more attention than your usual work pattern.

Creating balance means being aware of changing circumstances in daily life. As your child grows and changes, family needs will also change over time.

The Right Balance

It may take a little practice, but you can find the balance that is right for you and your family.

Simple routines can simplify life. Focus on where you are and what you are doing. Despite many demands, you will be a better juggler by taking time with your partner and friends, and taking care of yourself. Changing circumstances may mean changing the work/family equation, but with practice, you will get better at balancing daily life and even those days with surprises!hat tips do other parents use to balance everything? Share this post on Facebook and check out parent comments about how they develop juggling skills.

This article is brought to you by Parenting Now! Parenting Educators and authors, Tova Stabin, Claire Davis and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson (andupdatemywebsite.com). Parenting Now! is passionate about happy, healthy families. For more information about Parenting Now! contact us here.


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