Before you had children, how did you unwind after a long day at work? Maybe you met up with friends, hit the gym, went for a hike. . .maybe you did nothing at all—how amazing was that?!
In that era, laundry could wait until the weekend; groceries could be put off until there was nothing left but ramen and ketchup. You could eat cereal for dinner and not feel guilty about it!
Of course, now that you’re older, your standards have changed—and now you have children to set a good example for! Not to mention, so few hours in the day to care for yourself and your children, as well as maintain your career and tend to your home.
In this post, we identify ways working parents can ease the stresses of a work/life balance.
Being a working parent has its unique set of challenges. You have a lot to do in very little time. After a long day, there’s dinner to make, dishes to wash, baths to run—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
So how can you juggle it all and keep your sanity? The key lies in planning and preparation:
- Pack lunches for you and your school-aged children. Better yet, get them in on the preparation.
- Help your children to choose and set out school outfits for the next day. You can do the same for yourself!
- Shower at night to ease your morning routine.
- Have backpacks ready to go. Some families find it is helpful to have a box or shelf by the door for backpacks and shoes.
For more tips and to read the full article, visit lanekids.org.
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