Whilst browsing the internet and reading a number of blogs online I came across a really interesting article on http://www.netmums.com/ about being a parent but also sustaining a job at the same time.
Although, I’m not a parent yet or have any first-hand experience with parenting, some of my friends are and they always find it difficult to juggle between the two. However, I personally think it’s as hard as you make it. With a good plan in place and a continual positive mind frame, I think it’s definitely possible to get the balance right.
I have to admit, there are a couple of points that stood out to me when reading this post. The first being how times really have evolved. This is because, with the help of online resources a lot of your worries about food shopping and paying bills while dealing with hyperactive kids will automatically be halved. The second being enjoying the finer things at work this could simply range from socialising with your work mates over lunch or just having a five-minute rest in the office breakout area.
Although I’m not a parent yet, I know already that I will try my very best to enjoy both parenthood and work life by seeing the positives of both worlds. I know it will not be as easy as I’m making out but for me organisation really is everything. The section in the article about getting organised the night before to avoid manic mornings will certainly be practiced by me without a shadow of a doubt.
I also firmly believe that it’s vital to be good to yourself similarly to what netmum.com has also suggested. Surely an occasional trip to the cinema with friends or a short spa break will not cause any harm? In case you’re in any form of doubt, you should remind yourself that you deserve the time-out too!