Today’s post is written by Jason Philips, who writes for Smile Tutor.
As a parent, balancing both your kids and your job is a challenging task. You may have noticed that things don’t always go as planned. Kids often don’t realize that your busy schedule affects their schedule and learning abilities. But it’s your job to make sure that no matter how difficult things get, you are always there to help them out. Find time to foster healthy relationships with the kids by checking up on them daily. Talk to them about school, ask them questions, and be there for support. The following tips will help you balance motherhood with your career.
Search for good child care
To make sure your child gets what he needs to keep up with the learning process in school, start by asking other parents about child care. Make a detailed list of criteria, and use it to find the best services available. Make time to meet up with experienced tutors, and visit reputable daycares and pre-schools. It’s good to have options because your top priority is your child, even though you have a career and a job to attend to. By providing your child with quality care, they won’t feel ignored and they’ll understand that what you’re doing works in their best interest.
Do homework together
Most working mothers put their needs above their kids’ needs. Feeling tired at the end of a working day is no reason to ignore them, and not help them with their homework. You made a commitment to your child to be there if they need you, meaning you should make time for them as well. Take 15 minutes a day to check up on them. Talk to them about experiencing trouble in school, have a quick look over their school tasks and offer to help. A positive attitude gives your child courage to push harder, and to try to do better to impress you.
Draft a family calendar together
Figure out priorities, and draft a detailed family calendar to help you stay more organized. Include bills that are due, extracurricular activities with the kids, house duties, and make sure you take 20 minutes a day for yourself. It is important to be organized, otherwise you won’t be able to juggle a career and a family. Since you don’t want to ignore either, a calendar might be able to help you stay on top of your game.
On the weekend, your child should get half of the attention. Take them to the park or to the movies. Talk about school, and ask them if everything is ok. Be there to help them overcome challenges, and they’ll start the school week on a positive note.
Connect with your kids throughout the working day
Thanks to advanced technology, now it’s easier than ever to connect with your kids remotely. If they’re in school, you might consider getting them a phone. This way, they can reach you or text you in case they need assistance or guidance. But if they’re in no position to hold on to a smart device, consider calling the school at least once a week to have a chat with the tutor. Ask about how they’re doing, and if there are challenges you can talk to them at home.
Providing guidance is crucial, no matter how busy you are. You child will want to know that you’re proud of their achievement; which is why you shouldn’t ignore them even if you’re working schedule is full. When you’re at the office and have a break, you can visit your child at the school for a half an hour. Find a way to give them attention, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Getting your child a private tutor to help streamline the learning process is more than recommended. But you have to make time for family activities as well. Set up weekly gatherings with the whole gang, and go out for a walk. Or you can take your kids shopping for groceries. If you want your toddler to succeed in school, you should give them responsibilities; even if we’re talking about small tasks such as taking the trash or dusting the house.
Jason Phillips is a blogger and writes various articles on education. He also writes for smiletutor who provide home tuition in Singapore. He loves to go swimming and read books in his leisure time.