Many parents try to find a balance between pursuing a career, maintaining a home and raising children. Parents wear many hats on a daily basis. They act as coaches, teachers, chauffeurs, guidance counselors, health consultants, social conveyors, conflict managers and even cooks. Most parents lack in adequate organizational experience to prepare them for such diverse roles. Parents must learn to work together to establish a plan of action for keeping things in balance and then communicate and reinforce this plan so that everyone in the family will respect and benefit from it.
Here are some tips for developing a home/life balance:
Organization. Use calendars, menu planners, chore lists, day timers, computer programs or anything else that will help schedule your time wisely.
Prioritizing. Prioritize necessities at home and work and communicate expectations to family members. Establish goals for keeping home activities running smoothly and have families members commit to working towards this goal.
Family Time. Start planning family outings, theme nights, or projects you can work on together to re-establish quality family time.
Have regular family meetings to air concerns, work out problems, delegate chores and responsibilities and evaluate your plan.
Make exercise a regular part of your family’s lifestyle. Go on bike rides together, walk, hike, or take an exercise class. The health benefits are enormous!
Set clear boundaries for your work life by not answering text, phone or email messages after hours and let the office know you will respond only during office hours.
Kids have stress too, and research shows that over scheduling extracurricular activities is a contributing factor. Try your best to limit the amount of activities your children are involved in.
Teach children to recognize the signs of stress. Take time out for yourself to relax.
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