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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Work-Life Balance Tips for Work from Home Single Parents

Trying to balance working from home and being a single parent can be challenging. It is such a blessing to be able to be there for all of Ava Rose's activities, school events and to just watch her grow but trying to find the balance can be touch. Sometimes it is just feeling guilty if the day is busy and there is no time to sit down and play. I need to constantly remind myself that she is growing fast and sometimes work can wait. Having a wonderful team helps and also wonderful customers.

Here are some tips I found online that may help you find the balance. These tips came from about.com.

  • Make your health a priority. Between alarm clocks, homework, traffic, deadlines, and dinner, single moms may forget to factor in their own well-being. These pointers may help you remember:
  • Fuel your body. In the midst of coaxing your child to choose cauliflower over corn chips, it's easy to become lax about your own choices. Shirk fast-food fixes for healthier alternatives you can prepare ahead of time and freeze for the upcoming week. If you are lucky enough to live near a farmers' market, start a weekly ritual of browsing the stalls with your child: You'll get the fresh produce and air your bodies need.
  • Factor in fitness. If exercise looms like a chore you'd rather cross off your to-do list, be a kid again and play with your child: Turn up the music and dance. Jump rope. Rollerblade at the park. Regular activity will reward you with more energy, a better appearance, and a happier mood.
  • Ease your mind. If you're not a single parent by choice, you may find yourself mulling over the past or regretting decisions that can't be reversed. Instead, give yourself the gift of closure and, ultimately, liberation. Focusing on quality time with your child and staying connected to healthy-minded allies will boost your morale and help keep you strong, centered, and living in the moment.
  • Reserve regular "me time." Let yourself linger on the lulls in the day. While your child is napping or at a school play rehearsal, for example, use the hour to call a friend or curl up and read in a cozy chair instead of doing dishes during downtime. Ask a family member or friend to baby-sit while you attend a yoga class, sip coffee at a cafĂ©, or browse the shops in town. Regular time for yourself will help you de-frazzle and reward your child with a happier, more energized mommy or daddy.
Have some (frugal) fun. No matter what your financial picture, low- (and no-) cost activities can become favorite rituals:
  • Pack a picnic. Mealtimes become memorable when they're served up on a blanket in the park-or your living room floor. A dinner that spontaneously becomes a 'tea party' or family picnic will help carve out some extra playtime with your children.
  • Books and beyond: Explore your local library. Become regulars at your community branch, where younger children will likely be thrilled to become 'card-carrying' members of society, and older kids may be in for a surprise: In addition to free book, e-book, music, and movie rentals, many libraries offer special programs and events for babies through adults.
  • Surf your community's web site. Outdoor concerts, festivals, theatrical productions, free-admission day at the museum: Discover what free or low-cost events are happening near you.
Thanks about.com for your wonderful information. To read more you can find the article here
http://womeninbusiness.about.com/od/balancingworkandlife/a/work-life-balance-tips-single-parents.htm
 
Cheers to all the single parents out there and also the work from home parents single or married. Being a parent is the best gift in the world. 
 
 

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