Juggling work and family is tough, and guilt is often our unwanted companion. Here are 4 ways to help working parents cope with it.
By Ava Wilde
Working parents, you know the drill – long hours at the office, then home to take care of the family.
It’s a constant balancing act. And sometimes, the guilt can be overwhelming. Let’s dive into the reasons behind it and what we can do to make life a little easier.
“Being a working parent isn’t easy, but we can take steps to manage that pesky guilt.”
The ‘Double Shift’ – Ugh, Right?
Ever feel like you’re living a double life? The “double shift” means you’re not only working a full-time job but also raising a family, which can feel like a second job. The result? We often feel like we’re dropping the ball at work, at home, or both.
Mental Health Matters
That guilty feeling isn’t just a bummer; it can seriously affect our mental health. Anxiety, stress, and burnout are common side effects of trying to be Supermum or Superdad. And guess what? Our kids can pick up on our emotional struggles, too.
Society, Can We Talk?
Part of the problem comes from the unrealistic expectations society throws at us. Perfect parenting is a myth, but society sure likes to make us feel like it’s achievable. Plus, affordable childcare and flexible work options are often hard to come by, making things even more complicated.
4 ways to beat the guilt – you got this!
First, let’s remember that parental guilt is normal, and we’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you cope:
- Find your tribe: Connect with other working parents for support, understanding, and some tried-and-true advice.
- Keep it real: Perfection is overrated. Focus on quality time with your kiddos and prioritise tasks to create a more balanced life.
- Flex those work muscles: Encourage your employer to offer family-friendly policies like flexible hours, remote work, or on-site childcare.
- Don’t forget about you: Make time for self-care, whether it’s relaxation, exercise, or just a fun hobby. You deserve it!
Being a working parent isn’t easy, but we can take steps to manage that pesky guilt.
We all have a part to play, including employers and society as a whole, to support working parents and create an environment where we can thrive in both our careers and family lives.