The stress of juggling children that need to be raised and the demands of work take a toll on many parents. Over half of working Americans say that job demands interfere with their personal responsibilities and just under half say that family responsibilities interfere with their work performance. It seems as though there just aren’t enough hours in the day to meet the needs of everybody.
Managing a career with a family leaves many parents feeling frazzled and weighed down with guilt. Yet, others are able to effortlessly balance full-time work with parenthood. So we know that it isn’t impossible to have a full-time job and raise well-adjusted children at the same time. It just seems that way.
The Britleys for Toddlers, your Washington DC child care center, offer tips on how to better balance your career and family.
Lose The Guilt
Research has shown that infants and toddlers of working moms are still likely to grow up well adjusted even if they spend time with a babysitter or in a daycare facility. So there is no need to feel guilty for having to drop Junior off at daycare.
In fact, research shows that not only are kids who go to daycare well-adjusted, on average, they are more academically high-achieving and less likely to experience depression and anxiety than their peers who never went to daycare.
What’s most impressive is that these studies have been conducted since 1960.
Many parents will tell you their children develop close ties with their caregivers and that the caregivers help the kids develop skills in self-soothing and socialization with others.
Find Quality Daycare
This isn’t a plug for us necessarily, it is a legitimate tip. You want to find a daycare that is adaptable to children of all ages, has a low teacher to student ratio and a staff who is caring and experienced.
In doing so, you take a lot of stress off yourself knowing your children are in the best possible environment while you sit in on meetings and take on calls at work.