How To Balance Family Life As A Working Parent

A key focus of my blog is Health/Wellness. It is a very different world than it used to be. As such parenting has changed as well, with a whole host of career-and family-related changes associated with it. The following contributed post is entitled, How To Balance Family Life As A Working Parent.

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As every parent knows, family life can be challenging to manage. Attempting to strike a balance between all the things you need to do while still making time for the kids can feel like an almost impossible balancing act. Unfortunately, many parents feel this way. As living costs keep rising, more households than ever require both parents to work full-time, sometimes through choice, but more often out of necessity. This means that there is far less time to complete chores, cook meals, and, most importantly, spend quality time together.

Work-life balance is a phrase that is often spoken about, but many people still struggle to achieve this. Research shows that 54% of parents would like to spend more time with their kids. But, it is not as simple as just cutting down on time spent at work and spending more time at home. So, when working less is not an option, you may be wondering how a work-life balance can be achieved. Here are some tips to help you navigate balancing family life as a working parent:

Simplify Mealtimes

After a long day at work, trying to decide what to cook for family dinners each night can become a significant source of stress. You may find that you feel much too tired to cook healthy, nutritious meals for the family. Making mealtimes as simple as possible will make it easier for you to prepare healthy meals and spend less time in the kitchen each night.

There are a couple of different ways to simplify mealtimes. You could batch-cook meals and freeze them. Batch cooking will enable you to have meals ready and stored in the freezer, so you can reheat them whenever needed. Alternatively, you may want to create a meal plan at the start of every week so you already know what to cook each night.

Find Childcare

Trying to balance looking after the kids between yourself and your partner can be a significant source of stress. When you are always trying to arrange childcare between you, you will have very little time left over to spend together. But, it does not always have to remain this way. Arranging high-quality childcare for your kids can make it much easier for you to navigate both your work life and home life and will certainly help to reduce your stress levels.

Childcare settings such as the Play and Learn School offer childcare and education for a range of ages, meaning that your kids will enjoy engaging activities while you work. With your childcare arrangements settled, it will be so much easier for you to enjoy more family time together, and you will no longer be ships passing in the night.

Work as a Team

Finally, working as a team is essential to balance family life. Allocating age-appropriate chores to family members will ensure everyone can play a part in keeping family life running smoothly. For kids, it can be helpful to develop a sense of responsibility and learn crucial life skills.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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