Last Update on June 19, 2018 // Written by Hank No Comments

Many parents are forced to choose between their careers or family life.  By having to sacrifice one for the other, they often end up feeling frustrated and lacking something in their lives, while the parents that choose to take on both a career and have a family often find themselves torn between two worlds without balance.   However, it’s entirely possible to have a successful career and an enriching family life at home.  It’s all about knowing how to create a healthy balance. When it comes to finding your sweet spot between work and home life, here are some of the best tips.

Accept Help From Others

Depending on what kind of a career you have, there may be a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders.  You may have such a commitment to making sure that the job gets done right that you often sacrifice time with your family to work long hours at the office. However, it’s important to let go sometimes and accept help from others.  For some people this can mean outsourcing to a company, to hiring more staff, to merely accepting favors from friends and coworkers.  Don’t be too proud or stubborn to lighten your workload sometimes. The payoff of being able to spend more time with your family is so valuable.

Eat Dinner Together

Studies show that families who eat dinner together every night are much closer.  By sitting down and enjoying a home cooked meal, talking about what everyone did with their day, you’re staying in tune with each other. Make an effort to eat together at least three times a week if you can’t do it every night.  Not only will you feel better after this bonding ritual, but the rest of your family will too.  

Quality Time Over Quantity of Time

Even though you may not be able to attend every swim practice or baseball game, that doesn’t mean you can’t make up for it by creating special moments.  Create special memories by having quality time together rather than just quantity. Many parents may be physically present with their children all the time, yet distracted by their phones or to-dos.  Make a point of being fully present and engaged when you do spend time together, and it will make up for any time lost.

Leave Your Job At the Office

When you get home from the office and back to your family, make it a point to leave the office where you left it.  Don’t talk about the deals you closed or the jerk in your office. Be fully present and content to be where you are in the comfort of your home.  Your family will appreciate that you aren’t focusing on your work which could lead to harboring bad feelings about your job over time.

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