9 Strategies to Help Parents Find Balance While Working at Home by Lacie Martin
Working from home might sound like bliss to some professionals. But for full-time workers with kids, caring for your family while trying to be productive can throw a wrench in the works. To keep your family (and the entire house) from slipping into chaos, try these strategies for finding balance.
Maintain a Regular Routine
You don’t need a precise schedule to maintain your sanity. A regular family routine can help everyone understand what to expect and when.
- Have your own morning routine before beginning work.
- Set boundaries and expectations for everyone.
- Recognize that work-life balance is a constant, not an end goal.
Prime Your Kids for Independence
Starting in their toddler years, kids are capable of doing a lot of things on their own. Equip your kids to help the household run more smoothly.
- Give your kids age-appropriate
- Set kids up for success with responsibility and behavior
- Offer ideas for independent play your child can enjoy alone.
Ease Up on Yourself
Going it alone might be the name of the game, especially if you’re a single parent or have a spouse who works outside the home. But that doesn’t mean all the pressure has to fall on you.
- Outsource professional tasks when possible to make work from home
- Expand your repertoire of one-pot meals for quick dinners.
- Hire help to get through the day with a cleaner house.
Balancing your household’s needs with your professional goals isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re in charge of the entire brood during work hours, work-life balance can become strained. But by sticking to routines, having your kids help out, and taking time- and sanity-saving shortcuts, you can make things a bit easier.
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