For some single parents the idea of working, let alone having a work-life balance can immediately cause stress. Taking time off from looking after your family can lead to guilt as you have to spend more time at work and less time at home.

There are ways around this and one key point is to be organised. Your organisational skills will be the key to your family's happiness, giving you a manageable balance between parenthood and a work-life balance. If this is something that you’ve been thinking about, here are a few tips that may help you.

1. Guilt

There are many situations where you’ve had to leave the kids at daycare and they seem unhappy. Don't feel guilty. You can think of the situation how you like but it is important to remember that the extra hours of work completing means that you are able to provide a better future for your family. When you action these thoughts you are able to let go of guilt and focus on the important things of planning and organising so that you have more time to spend with your family.

  1. Get ready the night before

The time you have with your family is precious and being in a good mood in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. In the evening when the kids are in bed try to plan for the next day, pack lunches at the same time as dinner.

It's important to prepare yourself as well. Anything that you think you’ll need during the day, have ready to be picked up at the door on your way out. That way you’re not running around looking for your wallet or keys in the morning. These little things that can be done in the evening before you go to bed can mean that you don’t have to worry as much in the morning.

  1. Set aside some family time

Possibly the most important thing to remember in parenthood and work-life balance is to create a calendar. What do I need a calendar for you might be asking? Speak to your employer and ask for some set dates of work. Most workplaces like a bit of continuity and if you’re working on a part-time or casual basis you’ll still be able to ask for regular hours. Once you have these add them to your calendar along with any bills, grocery dates, school activity and holidays that you might have planned. If you're having trouble keeping up with a paper list use your mobile. Google calendar is a great place to start. It has a simplifies to do list and the colour coding makes life easier.

Finding that work-life balance when you are a single parent is difficult. A simple way to depress stress and guilt is to be prepared. There is no excuse for being too busy for your kids. Be strict in your daily schedules and you and your family be we on the right track to a better work-life balance.

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