How to Balance Working at Home and Parenting

May 12, 2021

Working parents

Being a parent and working from home might seem like a good idea because you have more time to watch your child grow and reach his or her milestones. However, that might not be the case for a lot of working-from-home professionals. 

Having a family and working maybe something one must learn how to balance. It all boils down to figuring out the right harmony required to do a lot of things at once all the while maintaining the right work-life balance. 

What You Should Know About Work-Life Balance

The relationship between your job and other important things in your life, such as your family, sports and social life, household chores, volunteer responsibilities, and so on, is known as work-life balance. You probably have a strong work-life balance if you feel like you have enough time for all of these things in your life.

When your job, family, and other responsibilities change, your work-life balance will most likely shift. With some trial and error, you and your family are likely to find an approach that helps you and your family achieve a long-term work-life balance.

The Reality of Working from Home as a Parent

The change to working from home for the average office worker can be difficult enough. After all, you're surrounded by possible distractions, tempted by your refrigerator and comfortable bed, and loneliness is creeping in. When children are added to the mix, it becomes a whole new dimension of uncertainty.

Take note, parents: if you find yourself at home with your laptop, your child(ren), and a calendar full of video meetings, take a deep breath and get ready to face the day. We've put together a list of five tips to help you be more productive as a remote worker while still keeping your kids entertained (and quiet) throughout the day.

Parents between the ages of 25 and 54 spend an average of 8.8 hours on work, 7.8 hours on sleep, 2.6 hours on leisure activities, and 1.2 hours caring for others, including children, according to the American Time Use Survey. This leaves nearly four hours for schoolwork, which isn't much. Even so, with a little thought ahead of time, fitting all into one day is possible.

How Maintaining a Work-Life Balance is Essential

As a parent, spending time with your family is particularly important. This is crucial for their early growing years. The more they see you, the more it is that they appreciate your care. Having a good work-life balance allows you to have better control over the time you spent with your kids. Your children would enjoy it.

Children need soft, caring care and quality time with you to grow, learn and thrive.

You're more likely to have the mental and emotional energy to give your children the attention they need if you maintain a work-life balance. You'll also have more chances to spend quality time with your kids – time when you're completely focused on them.

Other than your kids, you can benefit from this too. There are greater chances for you to do well, physically and mentally.

Making time for the things that are important to you, such as jobs, hobbies, volunteer events, and family, is an important part of taking care of yourself. When you strike a good balance between all of these factors, you'll probably feel less agitated and exhausted. You have a greater sense of control over your time. You are clearer and better at decision-making. Overall, it can drastically improve your health.

What You Can Do to Change Your Work Habits to Reap a Better Work-Life Balance

1. Make a separate work area for yourself.

If you work from home, try to keep your work in a separate space. This creates a psychological as well as a physical separation between the personal and professional lives. This would also make it much easier for you to leave work "at work" at the end of the day so you can devote your attention to your family.

2. Make a detailed schedule for your day.

If you know your kids will be at home when you work, be realistic about what you will accomplish and when. Make a schedule for your workday ahead of time, maybe even consider doing it the night before. After, you should be able to stick to it. With several deadlines approaching, you may start to feel like you're going to lose it.

3. Be sure to set aside some time for yourself.

It can be exhausting to work from home while juggling childcare and family time. Make sure you set aside some time to relax. This may necessitate blocking off time on your calendar to ensure that you remember to do so, but that's fine—this mental break is essential for your sanity!

4. Be honest about your situation.

All of you have also been in the situation of trying to execute a business call when your children are wreaking havoc in the background. Any of you could have gone to the next stage of humiliation by participating in a video meeting just to have your children steal the show.

In these circumstances, the only thing you can do is be open and frank about your difficult circumstance. You'll find that the majority of the people on your call have been in your shoes or at the very least understand what you're going through.

5. Be ready for something that can occur.

When children are thrown into what should be a professional and structured environment, anything can happen, as you are well aware. Have whatever it is that keeps your kids occupied on hand as an emergency backup. The importance of preparation cannot be overstated!

Conclusion

In today's hectic world, it's never easy for parents to strike a balance, and work-at-home parents are no exception. Raising children is a rewarding yet difficult task, and life can quickly become complicated when there is no clear line between home and work.

It's worth attempting to put work out of your mind when you get home from work – or finish work if you work from home. This will make you feel more prepared to give your children your undivided attention and spend quality time with them.

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