It’s the weekend and for some it’s the start of half term. Having the kids off for a week and having a business to run can present it’s challenges.
Guilt is a constant theme in the conversations I have with colleagues and clients who are trying to balance their business with the demands of parenting. During school holidays, when we’re trying to be all things to all people, these feelings can become even more intense.
It’s normal to want the best for our children – we love them unconditionally – but it’s counterproductive if we believe our efforts are never good enough. That said, feeling guilty is a habit that may take time to break.
5 things.... 1) Don’t feel guilty about feeling guilty. It’s completely natural and you’re human!
2) Remember YOU are the boss!
3) If you’re spending more time away from your kids than you’d like or the time you spend with them is feeling poor quality and distracted - Ask yourself what changes you can make. Do you need to hire an assistant? Can you outsource some of your admin?
4) Ask for Help - “It takes a village to raise a child”
Parenting should be a shared responsibility – a communal affair. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbours and friends can all be involved and have a part to play. Even if we don’t have extended family on our doorstep, we can be ‘family’ for others in our community, giving and receiving mutual help and support.
If you find it hard to ask for help, remember part of being human is having limitations. No one can do it all. No one.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST
5) Enjoy the time with your children. Before you know it they’ll be all grown up! - 2 hours ago