arenting comes with a boatload of challenges, but among the toughest is the quest to find that work-life balance. On one the hand, having kids necessitates being able to provide for them. On the other, once you have kids, you start to want to work less, so that you can spend more time with them.
Many moms are all too familiar with this excruciating struggle.
No one knows this better than one New Jersey mother who's not only raising a beautiful daughter, but also the owner of a thriving salon business. She recently proved that, while finding a happy medium between parenting and work is tough, with serious focus, anything is possible.
Becoming a parent is full of joy, and that's why we love it.
There’s a reason the “baby bug” bites many of us — and that’s because children are truly a gift. They’re cuter, tinier, sassier versions of us, and once they arrive on the scene, we get to experience life as a family and start building a lifetime of adventures together. They grow up fast, so we try to enjoy it while we can.
But that doesn't mean having kids doesn't come with challenges.
Right after that first diaper change, it hits us — parenting is going to take a fair amount of work. OK, it’s actually a lot of work, albeit work that’s totally worth it. Still, it’s a good thing kids are cute, because that balances out the laundry list of chores we have to complete just to keep up with them.
General household tasks are a formidable rival.
Anyone who has kids knows that some of the greatest hurdles parents face are mundane tasks like dishes, laundry, and toilet-scrubbing. With little people running around the house, chores get even more time-consuming. It takes kids about three seconds to fill up a hamper with dirty clothes or a sink full of dirty plates, and most moms and dads can only scramble to keep up.
And if it's not a mess that needs to be cleaned up, it's homework that demands attention.
Sure, keeping everything tidy with kids around is one thing, but once they start school, there’s even more to do. From preschool to senior year, you’ll have drops-offs, pick-ups, activities and everything in-between to contend with, too. Oh, and there’s also that little matter of helping kids with their homework. Nothing like learning fifth-grade math again, right?
One of parenting's greatest obstacles, however, is finding some sort of balance.
Dishes and packing lunches aside, nothing quite compares with a parent’s constant struggle to find a happy medium between working and spending quality time with their children. Providing food for our little ones comes at the expense of our time and attention. When you’re too focused on work, it often feels like your parenting suffers — and vice versa. So we do what we can, going back and forth to balance things out.