Becoming a parent is probably something you’ve waited a long time for. And it’s a wonderful moment in life where you get to bring a new life home and spend countless hours joyfully bonding with each other! But there comes a point where you have to face up to the other responsibilities in your life as well, seeing as maternity or paternity leave only lasts so long. And it’s at these moments when you need to learn how to juggle – you’ve got a lot on your plate, and only 24 hours in a day! That’s why we’ve listed the points below to help. 

Switch Your Schedule Around

And the same principle can be applied to your working hours. If you can’t be there in the morning, you’ll just have to do evening work for the time being – it’s simply the best schedule for you! 

We tend to think there’s a set, acceptable schedule we should follow as adults. But in truth, as long as it works for you, who cares when something actually gets done? Of course, you’re going to need to feed, wash, and rock your baby, but the dishes can wait until bedtime. 

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Take a Pause Before Jumping into the Next Activity

If you feel pulled in many different directions, by your family and your work and your social life, give yourself a time to pause before heading off each way. If your bestie wants you to come over for a coffee, but you’re exhausted from filing reports or creating email templates while your baby fusses in the background, give yourself a 10 minute buffer. Once you’re done, take those 10 minutes before even getting ready to head out – they’ll help you recharge just a little

Send Your Child to Daycare

Daycare is not only a way to arrange quality childcare, but it’s also great for giving you a break when you’ve got more things to get on with. Drop them off, take a few hours to get things done, then pick them up – what could be easier? 

But if you’d feel wrong to use daycares like this, don’t worry; you can still be present for your child. One of the main reasons to consider daycares with cameras is so you can check in directly whenever you feel you need to! You can still care for them even if you’re not with them, and you’ll only need days like these every once in a while. 

Don’t Worry About Making a Mess

Messes can be hard to look at or live with, but they get cleared up eventually. And being a parent who can be everywhere at once simply isn’t possible. So don’t worry about making a mess; you can come back later, or you can delegate the task to someone else – simple! 

Being a new parent is tough, but don’t give yourself a hard time for not being perfect. Find your life balance and don’t rush – a lot of your responsibilities can actually wait!

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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