Balancing work and family simultaneously isn’t an easy task. In today’s outlook having both parents working is quite common and so it becomes all the more difficult to manage while juggling between the two. Working mothers are expected to look after the family, take care of children, manage office work, all at once and that too in a perfect manner. The common routine during weekdays becomes something like this:
Making children ready for school- getting yourself all set to go to work- coming back to deal with household work- helping children in their studies- sleep- and repeat.
So where is the time left for your own self? For such parents, weekends are the only escape that too all of them don’t even get two offs. A single off in a week doesn’t suffice six days of a hectic schedule. That one day consists of extra household works, taking children out and other duties to be done outside for further management of the house.
Since the last generation, a lot of families have both parents working. Hence, sharing responsibilities provides a helping hand to the couple. For those who have maids and cooks already get some help with the household chores. Apart from them, couples who require handling everything by themselves should start by sharing certain responsibilities like dividing domestic work amongst them, which can also be done on the basis of alternate days.
Another option can be speaking to your employer and discussing the issue so that different approaches like part-time jobs, work from home, or opposite shifts could be assigned to one of them for a period of time.
Nuclear family vs joint family
For nuclear families, everything falls on the shoulders of the couple while on the contrary, it becomes a little easier for the joint families as here the grandparents or any other member in the house can take care of the child.
Getting back to work while the child is very young seems a difficult task. The constant tension of how the child is never leaves the mind. Along with it one also needs to focus on the tasks at the workplace. In short, being present physically at work and mentally at both places. Though this can be resolved by sharing responsibilities. Some other popular solutions for working parents looking for alternatives for their childcare are:
If the child is given proper love, care, attention, good guidance, and their needs are looked after along with the necessary time spent with parents, the upbringing cannot be affected negatively. There are a lot of working couples out there with successful children. This let alone cannot be a factor for hampering the upbringing of children.
In the current situation of a pandemic, on one hand, parents are working from home and on the other, children are also having online classes while staying back. It becomes problematic to work at peace while also having to look if the child is able to take classes in a proper way along with domestic work which is an everyday task. Daycare centers are closed and nannies are also not available during these times.
It’s a little difficult time to cope up with all the things but as mentioned above, swapping duties might help to reduce the load.
Working parents have a hard time managing their finances as well. With a lack of time, it becomes necessary for them to appoint domestic help and nannies or send their child to the creche. All these things sum up to adding an extra aspect to the budget management. But as they say, parenting isn’t an easy task, it brings along a lot of challenges to be faced and dealt with. So, if the challenge has been accepted then, giving your best to conquer it remains the only way out. Therefore, buckle up parents to be a successful multitasker.
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