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How To Survive If You Are A Busy Parent
With handling different responsibilities both at home and at work, parents are doing no easy job. Not only should they be productive and motivated employees, but also caring and attentive parents. Although sometimes it feels like you can do both pretty well, it’s not that simple. Parenting is a job, too. Just not the one you get paid for.
So, here are some survival tips and advice for busy parents.
Consider remote opportunities
If you have enough motivation to get the job done when the boss isn’t watching you, a remote job may be an option for you. It offers flexibility that often can’t be found at the office. Working remotely, you will not have to leave the house; thus, you will have the opportunity to watch your child during the day.
Telecommuting allows you to stay in the know and see when your kid comes home from school. But sometimes remote jobs still requires your deep focus and a lot of your hard work. Though, no one can deny that remote work grants you with more free time.
Don’t underestimate the power of technology
It is always good to take technology inventions with a grain of salt, as some of them turn out to be useless. But, some apps and tools really bring some ease to everyday routines. For example, a geofencing app notifies you when a child arrives or leaves school. It can be beneficial if you’re always at meetings and can’t call your kid.
Note-taking services, like Google Keep, are also must-have tools to keep everything organized. You can create notes and to-do lists and share them with your spouse and child. As no one can keep everything in their heads, such apps are life-savers.
If you can’t do that in your workplace, you can start delegating your responsibilities at home. You can share one-half of the tasks with your spouse/partner or relative. If you have no time bringing your child from school, you can arrange to do that with other parents in turn.
Don’t be shy asking for help. If the person isn’t that close to you, you can offer something in return for their favor. You can treat your neighbor with a home-made pie, for example, or offer to babysit when they are busy.
If you have an opportunity, always invest in a nanny. Your health and nerves are exhaustible when money isn’t. So, better pay to get something done than let it drain your strength and energy.
Stress and exhaustion are constant in the life of parents. Kids get sick, forget about things, and require lots of your attention. Worries related to work and concerns regarding your kid’s well-being can overwhelm you. As a result, you can’t focus on the present.
Try to concentrate on one task at a time and don’t struggle to do everything at once. By staying calm and living in the moment you will feel better and be able to cope with responsibilities while applying fewer efforts.