The holiday season is a good time for housewives but working moms tend to rejoice at that time of the year when it is the back-to-school season. Having your kids follow a set routine and keeping them engrossed in activities that guarantee their personal development is what every mom wants. However, your child spends only a fraction of the day at school and it is equally important that the teachings and values imparted at school are reinforced at home and vice versa. Do not let your motherhood responsibilities come in the way of your career dreams and goals.
Here’s how you can juggle between managing your child’s after-school time and your work:
- Analyze the pros and cons as one family unit
Wanting to get your child into some extra-curricular activities? Plan out your child’s daily routine keeping in mind the convenience of the entire family as you are a support unit as a whole. Will you be able to provide commute to your child while fulfilling all your other daily chores? Decide with your partner when he is available to facilitate you to the best of his abilities and do not take decisions impulsively on single-handedly, lest it may cause family conflict.
Chalk out the feasibility and practicality of enrolling your child in a sport or after-school activity. Do you have the finances to afford it? Will it put a strain on the other financial aspects of the family? And after carefully weighing the pros and cons get your child geared up for his favorite sport or start looking for alternatives.
- Do you and your child have the time for it?
Sports activities are not a one-time commitment but in reality requires a continuous struggle to keep up with the commitment. It is an investment of time, energy, and on-going obligation to deliver with utmost dedication and resoluteness of purpose. Before signing up for such an activity makes sure that you will be able to make it a worthwhile experience for your kid and yourself. Make sure that your child has the stamina and willingness to balance both his studies and extra-curricular activities wholeheartedly.
Music or piano lessons or arts and crafts classes can also be considered. However, you need to pick the right choice of activity for your kid so that he doesn’t feel undue pressure. Make your kid make only those commitments which are practically possible and you can assist him to do so as well.
- Keep note of all the activities scheduled combined
Do you get a headache trying to manage all the schedule clashes that seem to pop up out of nowhere? If you want to avoid stress-related headaches haunting you trying to juggle between fulfilling all your children’s activities, maintain a family calendar. Stick a calendar to the fridge with color coding for each individual to highlight the days they may be needing the car or wants you to assist them. In case of any conflict, you can ask help from your neighbors, friends or relatives to assist your child. There is no harm in asking for help as long as the situation is brought under control.
Do not create unnecessary panic or urgency if your child misses any of his sessions as it is normal and can happen with just about anyone.
- Do not leave tasks for the last minute
Last moment hassles which are done in haste often lead to disastrous consequences and should be avoided at all costs. Make it your child’s habit to keep his kit, gym bag or sports apparel and equipment packed up in a bag ready to pick up and all set to go. If the sports practice it right after school hours preparing well before time, preferably a night before may help in smoothing out tasks and be less stressful for you. As a working parent prepare ahead of time and keep your kid calm and composed to take up a school year that if both fun-filled and work productive as well.
- All play and no work makes Jack a dull boy
If you are investing your precious time in an attempt to plan out a workable routine for your kid after school, make sure that those efforts do not ignore the academic part of your child’s life. Often children tend to be led away by sports and other fun activities spending the majority of the time honing their extra-curricular skills and unable to keep pace with the academia. Make sure your child does not lose track of what is important and stays true to his purpose of achieving commendable grades and learning to balance academics and extra-curricular activities.
Seeing your child grow and find happiness in the little things in life will give you a feeling of self-satisfaction. Be a part of your child’s life be it his daily homework, having your meals together or cheering for him at the baseball or basketball match.
Zyana Morris is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently she is working as a blogger for Centra Care Florida, an urgent care center in Orlando and neighboring cities including Conway, Longwood, Orange Lake and others.