What is work-life balance?
How parenting can affect work-life balance
- You may have less free time and energy for hobbies, outings, vacations, and friends—this balance ebbs and flows over time, as kids get older.
- Your personal life is more demanding than before, compared with your work life. However, people are often forgiving of parents, especially other parents.
- Proactive planning becomes far more important, and you may feel that you need support from family, friends, and those around you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- You might find that going to work provides a routine and structure, balancing what can feel like chaos at home.
Tips for finding your best balance as a parent
- Ask for help. It’s OK to lean on friends, family, and neighbors. You might also find it helpful to connect with local community resources or parenting support groups.
- When you get some free time, even just a few minutes, try to be intentional.
- If you have one, supercharge your commute: Listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and use the time for phone calls to family and friends.
- If it’s an option in your line of work, explore remote working options to reduce commuting and increase time at home.
- If you can afford it, think about budgeting a little extra for food or grocery delivery services.
- Make household tasks a team sport. You can work together to lighten the load and renegotiate when things get out of balance.
- Prioritize some family quiet time. Even a 5-minute break can help you reset and refocus.
- If you can, try to buy food and supplies in bulk, and cook bigger meals. Having leftovers to save time on future meals. Use that freezer wisely!
- Cook together—sharing the experience makes it more fun, and you’ll have more hands to help clean as you cook. Plus, you’re teaching skills that can last a lifetime.
- Try getting outside as a family. A change of scenery can be good, and you’ll model healthy habits for your kids while spending time together in the process.
- Remember to keep up with your own self-care.