nHow can parents balance work, parenting and school?

How can parents balance work, parenting and school?

If you’re a working parent to a youngster who is in their first few years of school, you definitely have a lot on your plate! First of all, sit back and give yourself a pat on the back for managing it so far. Working full-time may be a necessity for some, and for some a loving choice. However, choosing to work while your kids are in their early years of school does not make you a bad parent either. What you need is a balance between work, parenting, schooling, and, of course, self-care! This ensures that you play an important part in your kid’s learning years while also chasing your dreams. So let us guide you through it.

Creating a routine

Your days will go more smoothly if you have some form of routine. Choose what works best for you and your family. You can divide your time between work, lunch time with a loved one, looking after your kid’s daily school tasks, time with your partner etc. You can do this together with all your family members so that everyone gets enough time with you. In fact, involving your children in it makes them stick by it even better. Then you can continue to schedule it on a calendar or set reminders on your phone to help you remember your tasks!

Create a workspace

Its true, your productivity has a lot to do with your surroundings. If you are going to the office, ensure you have a designated workspace that you regularly organize and attend to. That is where you can get most of your work done before giving time to your family. And if you are working from home, you can also choose a corner or room of the house where it is quieter and more comfortable to get work done. That ensures that you finish your tasks well within time and do not have to work over time due to a lack of focus or productivity.

Choose what’s important at a point of time

It is quite normal that you may not give 100 % every day to your family or work. At that point of time, be gentle to yourself and your kids. It is okay to not have a very productive day every day. Prioritize what is more important to attend to on that day. For example, if your kid needs help for a test next day, you can keep your work task list shorter for the day. Similarly, if you have to prepare for an important meeting at work, you can always ask for help from your partner to attend to your kids. It’s all about the balance!

You may even choose to enroll your kids into private tuition for subjects that you cannot help in or subjects they may need more attention and time to, for example Chinese language! 

Utilize holidays

Make good use of public holidays and long weekends to reconnect with your friends and family. You can go away for a quick relaxing trip that will also keep your kids entertained during the holiday. You may also take your kids to their grandparents so they can learn more about their roots! You will be surprised by how much children learn about their culture, mother tongue, and family from stories by old folks. In the meantime, you can also spend some time with your partner or catch up with that friend you have been wishing to meet for so long!

Self care

This may be very underrated but highly important. At the end of the day, you need to find a balance and spare some time for yourself, to take a good nap, eat well, watch tv, read etc. You also need to pay attention to your body. Regular walks, exercise or even yoga at least 3 days a week will help clear out your mind too! Decide what works best for you.

We are in control of what we do with our time and how we choose to spend the day. So take hold of your time and learn the art of balancing, so that you do not miss out on things in life! It may be hard but not impossible to balance work, parenting and school for young learners. So remember to ask for help whenever it gets overwhelming.

Le Xue Education is one such professional Chinese education centre in Singapore. We specialise in providing Chinese Enrichment Programme for young children and aiding students to score well in Singapore examinations through Chinese Tuition Class. So contact us to know more about our programmes.

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