One of the difficult things about being a working parent comes at the end of the day. There comes moments (sometimes daily) when you know you should stay at work to finish something but you also know that you need to pick up your child or get home and see them before their bedtime.
No matter which you choose, it seems as if all you’re choosing is guilt. You feel guilty if you leave work and you feel guilty if you aren’t home. It’s just craziness.
One of the best tips for this situation is to build in occasional freedom to stay at work. Call it Catch-Up-Day. In part, the stress relief comes from planning ahead for Catch-Up day instead of having it slammed at you. Let’s say that you plan for Tuesday to always be your catch up day. You leave the house with dinner in the slow cooker or a casserole ready for the oven. Either your spouse or your sitter can handle dinner then. You plan to stay late at work and either catch up OR work ahead. This quiet time at night really lets you focus and be career oriented. If your spouse is picking up the load at home while you take your Tuesday Catch-Up-Day, then you can pick up the load on Thursday and they can do the same.
Until next time …