Being a parent is role I love but one fraught with challenges.
However, on an average day, being a parent is what I live for.
And I know ‘parents’ come in all different shapes and sizes.
One I want to touch on now is the Working Parent (WP).
The WP with the job (or career) faces so many challenges, which I think includes:
So in my humble opinion, the WP embraces integrity, responsibility and faces never-ending challenges.
And I can really appreciate the working parent, both of my parents were WPs.
In fact, my mum not only worked 12 hour days but she kept house and did it all without complaining. (Hmmm … I really don’t know how she did it!)
While I do recall seeing my mother’s guilt for being a WP surface every now and again most of the time I remember her always having time to read a book, play a game and be there for me whenever she could.
And I will never forget what a brilliant job she did.
Many parents today are juggling way too much – extending themselves to the brink of exhaustion, burn out and resentment.
The daily struggle of getting the balance right with work, family, friends and other commitments seems impossible but you can do it!
Just take a deep breath – know that you’re not alone. So many of us are going through the same thing.
But you’re a survivor. Hang in there, baby!
And if you want some help, here are my top tips for all parents:
Over time, you’ll learn, grow and understand more about responsibility, purpose and making some of those difficult parenting decisions.
Life is not just about what you do, how much you earn or what you can fit in!
It’s a lot more. It’s the family you love and create, the friendships you form, the challenges you encounter and the life you make with someone.
It’s all part of something special and it’s your journey.
Linda is a ’30-something’ year old, every day mum of two energetic boys (who inspire her and keep her on the go!). A social butterfly who enjoys coffee catch ups and outings with friends, her family life and is a passionate writer who also finds time to co-ordinate the local playgroup