Notes on Parenting

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Work and Parenting

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Many times, it is necessary to work and be a parent which can provide many challenges. For both mothers and fathers, stressful job demands can have a serious impact. The most common feelings are as follows:
  • Role Overload: Trying to be all things to all people is frusturating and exhausting.
  • Spillover: A bad day at work often effects parenting. In addition, a sick child or problems at home can make it difficult to complete work tasks
  • Role Conflict: When the demands of a job and the demands of being a parent collide it can be difficult to know what to do to be able to fulfill both needs
It is important to find a balance and set priorities

Sometimes it may be more important to spend some extra time with your child and put off finishing that article review (or whatever it may be). This is certainly an easier thing to say then to actually do. I think the important thing is to remember the divinity of family and that the most important thing we can ever do in this life is to be a parent.

Consider the following quote:

The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest — schools, playgrounds, and public assitance, and private concern — will never be enough.”
-Lyndon Baines Johnson

Most of us have to work, and work can be very important. We just need to keep an eternal perspective and remember that the work we do in our family is more important than any other work we could ever do.

How do you balance work and family? We would love to read your comments.

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