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How Busy Women Manage Parenting

If you are someone who has a lot on your plate, part of your responsibilities being having children, then it might often feel challenging or even near-impossible to keep it all operating on the right level. When you are busy with a range of things, whether it’s a high-level job or even running your own business, it is doubly important to make sure that you are making time for parenting. So what are your options here? Let’s take a look at just how it is that many busy women manage to be good parents, while keeping a busy lifestyle.

 

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Working On Parenting Skills

You can think of parenting as being a set of skills, and like any set of skills it is going to require some degree of practice to ensure that you get really good at it. If you feel you might need to improve your parenting, try breaking it down into a number of skills that you can then try to learn each at a time.

Those skills might include listening well, learning how to set and stick to rules, being the best role model you can be, and learning how to manage your own emotions. If you want to learn more about those parenting skills and more, you can look here. The important thing is that you are doing all you can to improve your skills as far as possible, so that you can bring your best parenting self to the table every time.

Get Organized

The more organized you are, the less trouble you are going to have in keeping your parenting skills at the very highest level. You will also find that being highly organized has a way of encouraging your children to be more organized, which in turn makes everything easier for you and for them. There are a lot of things you can do to set the wheels in motion here, including setting out a weekly rota for everything in your life and making sure you are using your time well.

The more effectively you organize your life, the more likely it is that you are going to be a great parent – without having to sacrifice anything in your career, or any other part of your lifestyle.

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Child Care

There is always a lot of debate around the issue of child care, with some women believing it to be a lack of responsibility and others simply seeing it as a useful and necessary tool. If you are a particularly busy individual and you want to ensure your child has the best life possible, child care might well be a reasonable option to consider. You have a number of child care options that you can look into, so you should make sure that you choose one that works for you in your situation. But as long as you can do that, you are going to have a much better time, and your child will be looked after as well as you would hope.

Use Tech To Your Advantage

It is actually easier than ever to be a busy parent, and that is thanks in large part to the growth of various technological solutions that parents are able to use. If you are able to use that tech to your advantage, you will find that you are much more likely to successfully keep your kids safe and well while also being able to carry out all of your other important responsibilities too.

One example of the kind of tech that you might want to use is those parental spy apps for iPhone that you can get. With these, you can make sure that you always know where your child is and even who they are with. That is a very useful means of ensuring that they remain safe, even while you have to be carrying on with other parts of your life. Of course, this is ideal for your teenage children most of all, and it’s a solution that a lot of people swear by. If you haven’t tried it yet, you might want to consider giving it a go. You might be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.

 

The Emotional Toll

Of course, always being away from your child a lot of the time can take a considerable emotional toll on you over time, and you have to find a way to deal with that and work through it. There are a lot of things you might want to consider here, but probably most important is to ensure that you are keeping a certain level of mindfulness about you while you are at work or while you are parenting. You should also consider something else that is generally important for busy mothers: making the most of the time you do spend with your children.

Whenever you are able to spend some good quality time with your kids, you should absolutely make the most of it. That means being as present as possible (putting the phone down, for instance), talking to them as much as you can, and generally trying to be as active as possible. If you can do that, you are going to find that parenting becomes much more enjoyable, you will feel as though you are really being active, and you won’t have to mourn not being with them quite as much. All of that is going to really help you in a big way.

Keeping The Balance

Overall, what all this comes down to is trying to maintain a decent balance between parenting and everything else. Your children are always going to come first, but you also want to make sure that you are living the other parts of your life as you ideally want to. Strike the right balance between the two, and you will find that it really makes everything much more successful, and a lot easier to deal with emotionally. That is what you are going for on the whole, so try to keep the balance.

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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