Hey there fellow parent,
We know the hustle of being a working parent – the rewards are amazing, but let’s be real, it’s a challenge. Finding that balance between work and giving our children the support they need can be tough. But guess what? There are some simple and effective ways we can make it work.
Let’s dive into these tips for supporting our children while juggling our busy schedules.
1. **Making Quality Time Count**
Okay, we all might like a 36-hour day, but let’s make the time we do have count. When you’re with your children, be ALL there. Engage in real conversations, ask about their day, put your phone down, and really listen to what they have to say. Maybe set aside a special time each day, like dinner or bedtime, just for bonding without distractions. If you have a hard time being present maybe schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.
2. **Routines Bring Calm**
Children thrive on routines, and honestly, it helps us too. We suggest having a consistent schedule with set times for meals, play, homework, and sleep. Having a routine gives your kids a sense of stability, even on those crazy workdays. You could even involve them in making the schedule – that way, it works for all of you.
3. **Open Up the Lines of Communication**
Communication is key. Let’s make sure your kids know they can talk to you about anything. Regular check-ins, casual chats – they all count. Being there to listen and guide makes your bond stronger.
4. **Be Smart with Tech**
Technology can sometimes help us stay close to our kids. Video calls, messaging apps – they’re perfect for staying in touch during breaks or business trips. Sharing pictures and updates lets you be part of one another’s day, even when you’re apart. Recognize communicating that way tool NOT the way it’s supposed to be. Have real face-to-face convos with your kids. Also, tech is great, but it’s not right. It’s a privilege. We all know how dangerous tech can be too. So please have conversations with your kids about it and model appropriate use of it well. At the dinner table, no tech. Keep computers and TVs out of bedrooms until they can prove to you they’re responsible. Have fun using tech with them.
5. **Learning in Everyday Moments**
Even your busy days can be full of learning. Involving your kids in grocery shopping teaches them about food and budgeting. Talk with them about your work and how different jobs contribute to the world. Learning becomes part of life, not just a chore.
6. **Cheer on Their Passions**
Be excited about what your kids love to do. Going to their games, art shows, or music performances means the world to them. Supporting their hobbies by getting them the right tools or signing them up for classes shows them you’re there for them. Don’t overdo it though. Be cautious about how much they’re involved in or how much you want them to be involved in. Remember they’re kids. They need time to just be a kid, use their imaginations, and not always have to “perform.”
7. **Teamwork at Home**
If you have a spouse at home with you, teamwork is the name of the game. Sharing household chores and parenting duties makes things smoother. More time for fun, less stress for everyone. Be creative with it. There are chores that have to be done because you live in a house together. Maybe create bonuses or incentive chores which they can make money from?
8. **Keep It Real**
Let’s not set crazy high expectations for ourselves or our kids. Striving for perfection isn’t the goal. It’s about trying your best. It’s about them trying their best. Failure is OK. Second place is OK. Not knowing is OK. We’re all growing, and learning along the way. Apologize to them if you make a mistake.
9. **Self-Care Matters**
You can’t support your kids if you’re running on empty. Taking care of ourselves is important too. Reading, exercising, unwinding – whatever it is, let’s make time for it. As parents, we’re all setting a healthy example for our kids.
10. **Cheers for Small Wins**
Celebrate every little victory with your kids. A great grade, a kind gesture – it all counts. Showing them how proud you are of their efforts boosts their confidence and keeps them motivated.
Being a working parent doesn’t mean sacrificing your kids’ well-being or your role in their lives. These tips are simple ways we can give them the support they need while being the adults who are teaching them how to be adults. Remember, it’s the little things we do consistently that make the biggest impact. Quality time, open chats, and shared activities – they all add up to a strong bond and a successful, happy kid. We’ve got this!
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