It has all happened to a working parent at least once or twice in their career as an employee and a parent. They’re faced with demands on their time and their physical bodies that can be hard for them to manage. It’s agreed that trying to be in two places at one time is not only difficult, it’s impossible!
Sometimes working parents are faced with many challenges that non-working or even retired parents may not be aware of. For instance:
1.) Working parents often have to juggle their workload for their jobs and a household at the same time. There doesn’t ever seem to be enough hours in the day to get things done. It seems like there are always demands for cooking, cleaning, sick kids and work deadlines that are always screaming for your attention.
2.) Working parents are often limited to the amount of flexibility that they have when it comes to taking off work, getting off early or even the number of sick days they’re allowed to use.
3.) Making tough decisions when the school calls. Johnny has a fever and you have a deadline that’s due in an hour. You’re faced with a tough decision, both of which will likely be met with regrets no matter which route you go.
4.) Finding the time to attend school events and conferences. Missed choir performances and play debuts, working parents often miss out on some pretty important and memorable things.
No doubt, parents have to find creative ways to work around the multiple responsibilities that they have. They may have to make adjustments that affect the entire family, or make decisions that may not be received by the family at all.
Working challenges should be approached as opportunities to make a tough situation easier. Find out what works best for the family and incorporate them into your household’s lifestyle.