This is probably one of the most used terms these days since the start of the pandemic. This may sound like an ideal setup for many people, but most fathers have found working from home very challenging.
From your experience, do you agree that working from home sometimes blurs the line between work-related tasks and your personal time at home?
Don’t worry, amazing Dads. Beyond Small Talk is here for you!
Working dad Ardy Roberto shares these 5 tips on how you can achieve a work-life balance in this new normal:
Tip #1: Ask God for wisdom
Working and raising a family at the same time is hard. Don’t worry, you can do it with God’s help!
Always seek God’s wisdom not just for your work-related decisions but, more importantly, also for your relationships with your loved ones.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5 NIV)
Tip #2: Be intentional in spending time with your loved ones
Quantity time is quality time.
Set specific times for spending with your wife and kids.
A walk in the park every morning, a bike ride after your kids’ online classes, eating dinner together are a couple of examples of activities you can do to bond with your family every day.
It does not have to be grand. Your presence is more than enough to create a quality bond between you and your family, especially during this pandemic.
Tip #3: Communicate with your family
As they say, “Communication is key.”
Always be open with your loved ones about your work situation. Give your family a heads up on your schedule at work.
There will inevitably be times when you will be extra busy at work or on your business, and that’s only natural. With proper communication with your family, you can achieve understanding with them.
Tip #4: Stay true to your word and keep your promises
As the busy season at work comes to an end, be faithful in your commitments to your children and your spouse.
If you promised that you will spend the dinner time with your family, do your best to stick to it. If you said that you will help the kids with their homework that night, help them. Let them know that they can count on your word.
Remember, small fissures of broken promises could lead to cracks of broken trust.
Tip #5: Be a good example of hard work and excellence
Working from home means your children can see your efforts to provide for the family. It is an opportunity to show them the true meaning of hard work and excellence.
Be a man who is a role model at work and at home.
Don’t worry if you fail at being the best dad sometimes. Truth is, there is no perfect father here on earth.
The great news is that there is a perfect God who leads you in being the head of your family. So, seek God’s help in keeping your work and family life balanced in this new normal.
Do you find these tips helpful in achieving your ideal work-life balance?
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