Balancing things are never easy – home chores, kids’ homework, family activities. However, being a working parent usually makes balancing even more challenging. It seems like there is always something to do, someplace to be and absolutely no time to do it all. Naturally, that means many things go undone (or halfway done if I am honest), we feel that we don’t do our parental job well enough, and wish there was someone willing to help. Today we will talk about a great resource that makes balancing a bit easier – Bright Horizons. Browsing their WORK LIFE BALANCE TIPS section I came across a webinar with a few great balancing ideas I’d love to share with you.
It is important to know what issues or difficulties you face on a daily basis and finding a solution – crucial! Sometimes the answer is obvious and other times, normal solutions may not always be the best solution for you. If that is the case, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Find unconventional ways around your difficulties if you have to. Using creativity can make solving your problems a bit easier. Don’t be afraid to explore your options. I loved some suggestions I found reading an article on Managing stress and Making Time for yourself.
Many times when it comes to making the balancing act work, it means giving up something to get something else that is of more importance or value to you. The only way you can know for sure what is of value to you is by prioritizing. Take the time to sit and weigh out all of your options. This will help you to fully commit to something or, know what is worth bypassing to help you out in the long run. Bright Horizons also has an online community for parents that will help you bounce some ideas and get feedback from others.
Some things must get done no matter what, like laundry, dishes, and housework. Those things are important but not as important as spending quality time with your children if you have been very busy lately. Stop and take a second to delegate these things to other people. Whether that means hiring it out or spreading jobs out through your family. This will give you the time you need to accomplish other things but, other important things are still getting done.
Family Resources section of the Bright Horizons site is full of great information, tips, and tricks any parent can benefit from.
What parental problem are you trying to solve right now?