Parenting and Working Life Balance is an eleven-week program for single parents of babies, infants and toddlers. Author, Judith Sage’s book shares the personal experiences of a single mother who struggled through forty years of single parenting and later became a work-book author, speaker, and blogger. In her new book, she shares tips for changing the way you “parent” and how you can balance your work life with being a parent. She offers advice on dealing with an unruly child, how to parent your teenage daughter and how to remain a mom as you have been advised you’ll be older.
Does a parent of young children feel like they are juggling too many balls in the air? Does a working mom feel like she’s fighting her own battles as much as she’s fighting for the child? Telework has become a necessary part of our society and people have a need to juggle these balls. How to balance both is a battle that continues to grow as more mothers and fathers work telecommute from home.
When you “couple” parenting and working and delivering your children, you will quickly find your efforts are put on the back burner. Many single moms and fathers report feeling guilty when they aren’t there with their little one. They worry that they aren’t being effective at raising their child and they start to doubt their ability to be a good parent. You may even begin to second guess yourself at some point and doubt your abilities as a parent and spouse.
The parenting and working mom or dad needs a place to call her own. She needs a platform where she can speak her mind and vent without feeling judgment. This is especially true during the postpartum and pandemic months when everything seems uncertain. It’s normal to be overwhelmed, but when it interferes with your ability to raise your kids, then maybe you need to reassess your plans for parenting and working.
There is no easy solution to making sure you are a good parent and a good worker while parenting and working at the same time. Raising your child by yourself is a challenge, especially in the early years. With some help though, your efforts will be rewarded and you will have a great opportunity to reconnect while keeping your sanity. When your child starts school and you feel like you don’t want to be a part of the day to day activities, why not take a few minutes and re-connect with your child? Your child will thank you!
Raising a family while juggling a job and a family is never easy. Work life and parenting don’t always mesh well. If parenting and work life aren’t compatible, consider taking a parenting class or becoming an overnight caregiver for a parent in need. You can be an advocate for your child and give them a sense of safety and security. Or, you can simply find a great support system and join a volunteer program.