Finding the balance between having a career to maintain and a family to look after can be really difficult; and with more households than ever having two working parents, or one single parent who is juggling both the role of provider and caregiver, parenting is becoming a tougher job by the day. Although it can be stressful trying to find enough time in the day to do everything, from doing school runs to maintaining a household, there are thankfully a few things which you can do to make life a little easier. Here are three simple tips to help you find some balance in your home and work life.
Make meals as easy as you can
When you come home from work, the last thing you are going to feel like doing is preparing and cooking a meal, and then having to clear up afterward. However, every parent knows that while a takeaway or food from the freezer might be okay once in a while, a home cooked meal is the best thing for both your health and your children. Thankfully, a home cooked meal doesn’t have to mean a three-hour cooking time. There are many different dishes which you can make that won’t take you all night, from making something like a stew which can just be left in the slow cooker while you are at work, to whipping up a quick steak stir fry in thirty minutes when you get home.
Create a morning schedule
The mornings can be one of the most chaotic times in a family household, as everyone is getting up and trying to get ready for the day ahead. However, it is always the parents that suffer most during this hectic time, as having to balance getting ready for work with making breakfast and finding the children’s missing gym bags, can be a chore. Therefore, the best way that you can find a path through the chaos is to get organized.
Create a morning schedule, with things such as who gets to use the bathroom at what time, and get the children to help out with things such as making their own breakfast if they are old enough. Also, it helps to encourage the children to get organized the night before, and then you can go through and inspect everything they have packed for school to make sure they have it all before they go to bed. That way, you’re not left looking for their trainers at seven am in the morning.
Dedicate some family time
When you are working long hours, it can feel as though you don’t really get to spend a lot of time with your family when you get home. Therefore, it is really important to make sure that when you are with your family, you make the most of every second. On the weekends, try to spend some more quality time with one another, ditching the phones and all other distractions and making the most of each other’s company. If you don’t always have weekends off, then why not try to dedicate an hour or so a night to just being with everyone, and checking in with how their day has been.