Becoming a parent is a job in itself. Whilst there are various child benefit schemes that can pay towards raising a child, most parents will continue to work in order to earn that extra cash and ensure a happy standard of living. But how do two parents work full time and raise a child? Many families somehow do it. If you’re a new parent or about to become a parent and you’re wondering how you’re going to be able to keep working, here are some tricks to help you manage the responsibility.
Work from home
With so many jobs relying only on a telephone and computer, working from may be an option, allowing you to monitor your little one/s and earn money working. This may not be an option for everyone, as the workload may still require as much attention as looking after a child. In some cases, you may be able to take on work on a part-time basis or with diminished responsibilities. Most bosses will be happy to allow this, given that you are still providing work for them.
Share the load
In some cases, parents may want to hire legal help – they may be eligible for shared parental leave. This could allow you both to share the load of raising a child together, giving you both respite time and making those first months less stressful.
If this isn’t an option or you don’t have a partner, look towards friends and family members. They may be able to do some babysitting whilst you work, or whilst you get some downtime.
Hiring a babysitter to look after your children whilst you are working is always another option. Childminders may look after multiple children at the same time. As the child gets older, there will then be daycare services and nurseries that you can pay for to look after your child.
Always look into the reputation when handing over your child to someone else, even when paying for an expensive childminder or nursery so that your child gets the best care. You may wish to run a DBS check with a private childminder, or pay a trusted friend.
Find time for yourself
Your life can’t just be work and raising children – you need to find time to give yourself a break otherwise it will have an effect on the quality of your work and parenthood. The more people you have around you to support you and look after you child, the easier it will be to find this time. Remember that there are many fun activities that can still be done with a child. You can still go on holiday and go on dates and socialise. Some parents can spend so much time focused on their work and parenthood that they let other commitments slip. Friendships can die and even time with your partner can be sacrificed, leading to breakups. And of course you need your alone time too. Use the support of others and don’t try and go at it alone.