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Balancing Work and Family
Balancing all those things might seem challenging at the time, especially if you are doing something for the first time. Your work-life balance will probably change as your work, family and other responsibilities change. Set some realistic expectations and be ready to make mistakes. You will find an approach that suits you and your family in the end. Here are a few ideas to help you establish an appropriate work/family balance:
Be Flexible - We all have expectations of how we want life to be. But sticking too rigidly to your expectations can create stress. It’s important to be flexible in how you deal with the chaos life brings. Adapt and improvise.
Find an Outlet - Try to find a way to relieve stress and do something outside of the home. Go out with an old friend, go hike, or fishing. Try to incorporate some old hobby you really like in your weekly routine.
Create and Organize a Family Calendar- Figure out your family's priorities and create a calendar that can include birthdays, chores for the kids, a list of school and family events, extracurricular activities, and more.
Stay Connected with Your Family During the Day - During your breaks at work, call your children; hearing from them can help you get through a rough day, and your children will be comforted to know you're near. Share your day with your family during dinner, tell them about interesting things that you did or funny conversation that you had with your coworker. Let them do the same.
Find a Quality Care for Your Child - Leaving your child at the preschool that takes good care of your child can significantly ease your day. When you see your child rushing with joy to see their teachers and friends you know you can go to work without worrying about their well-being.
Always communicate your needs. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed talk to your manager or your family. Disclose your concerns, adjust your calendar, ask for help, and try to find a solution that works for both sides.