work-life-balance-for-parents

The ongoing pandemic has seen parents take on triple duties – also known as coronavirus triple duty. Between juggling time for work and family, parents have been assigned an additional duty: to be stand-in teachers.

Although schools are reopening in certain areas, many parents are still required to manage their child’s learning (either fully or partially) while working from home. Parenting at this time couldn’t be any more challenging so to help we’ve got some useful tips we feel can definitely ensure a better work-life balance for you and your spouse!

1. Create a plan and stick to it!

Creating a plan and sticking to it allows you and your little ones to: 

  • Develop a simple and clear routine
  • Mentally prepare for the tasks ahead
  • Lower stress since little is left out of control

With clear school time, play times, meal times, and bedtimes in place, you will find that with time, your little ones will do all their tasks without your prompting. 

2. Create dedicated spaces for different activities

Establishing clear spaces for different activities ensures that you create clear boundaries between work and family. This way your little ones will know not to disturb you while you’re having a meeting online. 

3. Be kind to yourself

Parenting during these uncertain times doesn’t come easy to anyone. It’s a process of learning and relearning and you’ll be better off doing the following: 

  • Lower your expectations
  • Take time off for your own self-care
  • Practice gratitude daily

Being kind to yourself will ensure you’re in the best of mind to tackle any other challenges that get in your way!

4. Delegate jobs whenever possible

Recognize that in times like these, you don’t have to do everything all on your own. You’re allowed to ask for help. 

  • Get grandpa/grandma to step in 
  • Get your kids to step up at home
  • Speak to your spouse to share household duties evenly

Always remember that there’s a whole network of friends and family that you can rely on! Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

5. Don’t let go of your social life

After a long day of work, and tending to your little ones, you’re bound to be drained of all your emotional energy. A great way to get a quick recharge is to spend time with others:

  • Stay away from addictive habits (e.g. lone drinking, overeating, etc.)
  • Instead, reach out to your close family & friends for a quick catch up session

When it comes to work-life balance, there’s no one way that works for all. It’s a continuous process of trial and error. But the most important thing is to take care of yourself too!

References:

How to maintain a work-life balance during coronavirus. (n.d.). Jefferson Center. https://www.jcmh.org/how-to-maintain-a-work-life-balance-during-coronavirus/

Lansford, J. (2020, September 15). 5 Strategies for Balancing Work and Family During COVID. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/parenting-and-culture/202009/5-strategies-balancing-work-and-family-during-covid

Shahan, J. (2020, August 10). Work-life balance for APPs who are parents in the era of COVID-19. https://www.healio.com/news/hematology-oncology/20200810/worklife-balance-for-apps-who-are-parents-in-the-era-of-covid19#

Snowise, K. (2020, July 12). 3 practical tips for parenting through the pandemic. https://www.fastcompany.com/90583003/3-practical-tips-for-parenting-through-the-pandemic

Working from Home with Kids (Round Two) – Advice for Parents. (2021, January 5). FE News. https://www.fenews.co.uk/press-releases/61226-working-from-home-with-kids-round-two-advice-for-parents