Several studies conducted on school-aged children revealed that an alarming number of these children are either suffering with their studies, are being bullied in school, or are bullying other children. What’s even more alarming is the reason why the situation is such – these “wayward” kids lack (or maybe they don’t even get) quality time with their parents.

While the first five years of children, also known as the formative years, are crucial to children’s development, they learn most of the things they need to make it through life while they are in school. The years a kid spends in school shapes him. These could either make him or break him. Since a kid is not in a position to take on everything on his own, he needs all the help he can get from his parents. This is why it’s important for parents to set aside time for their children.

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Sadly, very few parents are able to do this. Living such fast-paced lives, parents and children rarely see each other even if they live under one roof. Sometimes, parents even work during weekends; thus, they can’t even make time for their kids.

Work-life balance is vital if you are a parent who works a 9-5 job. If you’re not around while your kids are growing up, you might deal with stinging repercussions later on in life. That’s the reason why some people decided to start working from home, so they can spend more time with their family. Some have even started their own home-based businesses so they wouldn’t have to answer to anyone else.

While both options sound good, you need to do some things if you want to succeed with that setup. Just as it is when you work for a regular company, you need to learn how to balance your time wisely so that you’re still able to run your business or do your job and take care of your family at the same time.

So how do you strike the right balance? First, you need to set “office” hours. Some online jobs allow employees to enjoy flexible hours, which means they can work anytime they want – 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening or any other combination – as long as they complete an 8-hour shift every day. The same goes if you run your own business. You can set your own office hours. Once you do, you need to let your family know that you shouldn’t be disturbed during those hours except for pressing matters or it it’s an emergency.

Second, make sure you have a definite work area. Why is this important? Having your own space gives you the privacy you’ll need to get things done. However, it also means there is only one designated work are in the house so you don’t need to have a computer in your bedroom. Having a computer in the bedroom can take away much from the time you would have allotted for your children. So make sure the computer stays in your office.

Third, schedule family time. Having established the hours you would be working, you now have an idea how much family time you can squeeze in to your daily schedule. It can be as short as an hour, better if it’s longer, but the important thing is that you allow yourself some well-deserved time off from work and you spend this time with your family.

Remember that your decision to work from home stems from wanting to spend as much time with your children as possible. By setting definite hours for work and buying out precious time with your family, you’re creating the perfect work-life balance that others can only dream of.

 

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