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How can I balance my responsibilities as a parent and an employee while working from home?

Hello everyone,

I recently started working from home due to the pandemic, and while it has its perks, it's been challenging for me to balance my responsibilities as a parent and an employee. I have two kids, a four-year-old and a six-year-old, who need my attention throughout the day, and I also have deadlines to meet and work that needs to be done.

I find myself feeling guilty when I need to attend to my children's needs during work hours or when I need to put work aside to make dinner or help with homework. I want to be a good parent and a good employee, but it's becoming overwhelming.

I'm hoping to get some advice from those who have been in a similar situation and have found strategies to balance their responsibilities as a parent and an employee while working from home.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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marvin.thaddeus

Hey,

When I started working from home, managing my toddler and my work demands was a tough challenge. One major step I took was to set boundaries. I have specific hours in the day during which I'm unavailable to tend to my child or perform household chores. This way, I can effectively focus on work-related tasks without distractions. Also, I have communicated with my spouse about taking turns on supervising our child, especially during busy work hours.

In addition, when my child is awake or needs my attention, I let my team know that I am stepping away from work for some time. I believe that when you communicate with your supervisor and team about what's happening on your end, it makes working together much easier. Most importantly, actively involving my child in my daily routine (when possible) has allowed me to balance my roles more effectively.

I hope you find these tips helpful.

tbogisich

Hi everyone,

I have been working from home for about a year now and, like many of you, also have children who require my attention throughout the day. One thing that has helped me manage my responsibilities and maintain productivity is by creating a structured daily routine.

I usually wake up very early in the morning before the kids wake up to tackle some work-related tasks. Then, as the kids wake up, I tend to them and ensure they're dressed, fed, and occupied with activities. I also try to dedicate some time during the day for family activities and bonding.

Another thing that has helped me is technology. I use several programs like Zoom and Slack to communicate with my colleagues, which allows me to communicate and work collaboratively regardless of our geographical locations. I also use various digital tools to help me manage my workload, such as scheduling programs to remind me of specific appointments or deadlines and task management tools to help me keep track of my progress.

In conclusion, balancing work and family obligations is not easy, but it is possible with a little time management, discipline, and technology. I hope these tips are helpful.

ymorar

Hi there,

I can completely relate to the struggles of balancing parenthood and work from home. I have two young children myself and it can be challenging to manage both responsibilities.

One thing that has helped me is setting a schedule for both work and parenting. I create a to-do list for each day and prioritize my work tasks accordingly. I also set specific time slots for when I will be available for my children's needs, such as lunch time, playtime, and homework time.

Communication with my employer has also been helpful. I've been able to talk to my boss about my situation and we've come up with a plan for how to meet deadlines and handle any unexpected interruptions from my children.

Finally, giving myself grace and understanding that it's okay to not be perfect has been key in managing my stress levels. I remind myself that I'm doing the best I can in a difficult situation.

I hope this advice helps!

hand.josefa

Hello,

In my experience, balancing work and parenting responsibilities while working from home can be tricky. One technique that has worked for me is to create a designated workspace that is free from any potential distractions, such as toys or home entertainment systems. This way, when I'm in my workspace, I'm in a work mindset.

Additionally, I try to be transparent with my colleagues about my situation. They are understanding that I may have brief interruptions due to the children and have allocated a little more flexibility in my schedule to accommodate this.

Moreover, I have learned how to delegate some household duties such as cleaning and cooking to manage all my responsibilities. I also stick to a set sleep schedule to ensure that I have the energy to show up for my family and work-related duties.

That said, above all, it's crucial to practice self-care. Though I'm a parent and an employee, I'm still a human being who deserves to rest, move, and relax. Taking breaks occasionally to stretch or go for a walk help me reset so I can be present for both work and family.

I hope this helps!

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