Parents’ Tips: How to Successfully Manage Work And Family Life Parents’ Tips: How to Successfully Manage Work And Family Life
“I negotiated home-working with my employer. I leave work early enough to spend time with my baby before she goes to sleep. Then I... Parents’ Tips: How to Successfully Manage Work And Family Life

“I negotiated home-working with my employer. I leave work early enough to spend time with my baby before she goes to sleep. Then I put in another couple of hours on the computer at home. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than arriving home after she’s in bed.”

“Make the most of your right to request flexible working with your employer. When I discussed returning to work after both my maternity leaves, I made a strong case for working fewer hours.”

“We had to make sacrifices so I could work part-time rather than full-time, but it’s working really well! I work in the evenings, so I have all day with our children. My husband then does their dinner and bedtime routine while I’m at work.”

“To get home from work earlier, I take a half-hour lunch instead of an hour. It means I can get started on dinner before my husband and son get home.”

Can the right childcare help me achieve a good work-life balance?

“Take your time finding childcare that will keep you and your child happy. It makes it so much easier to drop off my daughter knowing that she’s looking forward to nursery.”

“I work from 9am to 1pm, and my daughter goes to a childminder from 9am to 3pm. That gives me two hours for doing errands, cleaning the house, going to appointments, or just enjoying some time to myself.”

“I realised very soon after my son’s birth that I would not be able to work from home without some kind of childcare. A nanny comes in for three hours in the morning while I work. I continue working until my daughter wakes from her early-afternoon nap. We then get to spend time together later in the day.”

How can I fit in all the chores that need doing?

“My one splurge is to have a cleaner come in every other week. That way I’m not spending every spare moment cleaning. I can enjoy more time with my baby instead.”

“I’ve become much better at doing a little cleaning or putting a load of washing on each night instead of saving it up and tackling it all at the weekends. I need my weekend time with my baby!”

“My advice is to prepare the night before. Pack the changing bag for your baby, your work bag, lunch, and breast pump. Spend a few minutes before bed tidying up and emptying the dishwasher, and set out everything you need for breakfast.”

“I make two to-do lists in the morning. The first contains jobs I know I can get done, and taking care of these gives me a sense of accomplishment. The second lists the things I’d like to do but it’s not a big deal if they don’t get done. Even crossing one or two of those items off helps me feel like I’m getting somewhere.”

“I’m afraid it’s priorities, and the housework comes second! I have to choose what I iron, and if it’s not crucial (workwear and uniforms), it gets worn without being ironed. I often feel like I’m drowning in chores, but my son is healthy and happy, and that’s what matters most!”


“If you want any hope whatsoever of having dinner together as a family, I have two words for you: slow cooker. Without it, we’d eat ready meals every night.”

How can I make quality time for me and my baby?

“I run in the early morning so I get my exercise in before work and before the rest of the family wakes up. It’s the ‘me’ time I need, and exercise also helps me manage work stress.”

“In the beginning, I cut things fine in the morning, valuing that extra time in bed. But I found that I didn’t spend any time with my daughter before she went to nursery. Now I get up early, and by the time my little one’s waking up, I’ve finished getting ready for work and can spend at least half an hour with her.”

“When I get home from work, the television stays off. Instead, my husband and I get down on the floor and play with our daughter until it’s time for her to go to bed.”

Juggling work with family life is stressful. What can I do?

“The biggest trick for keeping it all together is to relax and let go of your worries. Everything always works out, maybe not the way I want it to, but it always does. Stressing out over little things is never productive.”

“I pick my daughter up at 6.30pm then home for dinner, bath and bed for 7.30pm. It’s hard but we get used to it and we enjoy our family time at weekends. My little one has thrived at nursery so that makes it easier.”

“There’s no such thing as a perfect balance, so don’t add pressure to your life by trying to meet an unrealistic goal. Recognise that you can only give so much, and decide where you’re going to spend your energy most effectively and happily.”

“Something is going to have to slide at one time or another. Some days, work slides so I can take care of myself (get a massage or pedicure). Some days, the kids end up playing without me or watching TV because I need to do something for work. I’m a much better parent because I have accepted this!”

“Being a working mum keeps me very organised. The journey to work and from work gives me time to think and plan ahead. My life’s full of events now but I enjoy being busy. Sometimes I wonder how I spent my free time before I was a parent!”

“I’ve learned to relax and stop trying to do everything. It’s all right if there are toys on the floor and dishes in the sink. It doesn’t make me a terrible mum.”

“Be prepared to change your mind about your career goals. It’s fine to put off going for a promotion because you don’t want to sacrifice spending time with your family.”

Henry Okafor

  • Botho Mpofu

    2017-06-09 #1 Author

    I find this article interesting and useful,I managed to get a few tips on how to balance work and family.


  • Jecsica

    2017-06-09 #2 Author

    I learned to have a lot of patience and learn to relax.


  • Taushay

    2017-06-09 #3 Author

    I’ve learned to take it day by day NEVER put too much on myself working too hard is more time away from your child …then someone else is raising you’re child instead of you.



    2017-06-09 #4 Author

    What a great way to learn some new techniques when it comes to balancing life. I worked 2nd shift so when I got home my son would stay awake until 4am with me. I felt like I had no time for him during the day so I decided to resign and find a 1st shift position elsewhere. Sacrifices will be made in life and when it comes to my children, I wouldn’t think twice about missing out on something.


  • Meria

    2017-06-10 #5 Author

    I am a first time mom, so this article is very helpful to me so that I could get an understanding on how to balance my work life and still have time with my child who means the world to me.


  • Anda

    2017-06-10 #6 Author

    This is a very useful article for me since l’m a first time mum. I have learnt how important it is to spend time with my little once as l juggle with work and family.


  • Quan

    2017-06-11 #7 Author

    I love this article because I experience this growing up. Watching my mom take care some & all my siblings was hard. But she made it look easy. Now myself as a single father & full custody of my daughter. I know that feeling, but yet I love the father hood. Here I am a proud father of 2. 3 month old baby boy & 4 year old girl.


  • Jaquierra Davis

    2017-06-12 #8 Author

    I am a first time mom and when I went back to work shortly after having my daughter it was hectic between getting myself ready and her as well and over thinking of all the things she will need with her while away from me but this article is very helpful it’s very to to be prepared to change your career I did it!


  • Tateanna

    2017-06-12 #9 Author

    I absolutely LOVE this article! I’ve been really struggling with working and maintaining being the BEST mother I can be. This will be very useful. Thank you.



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