6 Things Every Working Parent Can Identify With
20 October 2017
It’s the schools’ October Week, so we felt it was appropriate to talk about all the things that working parents have to put up with whilst trying to juggle family and a career – not least because you’ll be off this week but still frantically checking and replying to emails whilst your little ‘uns repeat their rallying cry of “We’re bored!”
At HR Consultancy, we’ve got plenty of busy mums and dads who try to navigate being the best parent and employee that they can. Honestly, we have no idea how they do it sometimes.
Here are just some examples of work/life instances that every working parent can identify with.
The school run is just awful
You’ve rushed around all morning, watching one child take twenty minutes to put on a sock whilst the other refuses to eat breakfast. You scuttle together a packed lunch for them and plank them in the car, only to be faced with miles of endless traffic and bad drivers.
You need to bag the holidays off
As soon as the school calendars are out, you need to mark in pretty much all of your holidays for the year in work so that, for the October week and various bank holiday weekends, you don’t have to fork out on childcare. Best get to it so fellow parents don’t blag those days first.
Holidays are really expensive
Sadly, you can’t just take a holiday at any time of year like you used to. So, if you want to jet off somewhere sunny, you’ll have to do it in school holiday time – which means paying premium prices. You’re secretly jealous of your child-free colleagues taking a cheap hol in April or September.
Summer just won’t end
How do you find childcare for six weeks? Groups and classes are really expensive, so you can only hope that your parents or relatives are willing to babysit. You take off all the holiday you can, but that six week stretch just seems to go on forever.
You dread school or nursery phone calls
You’ve settled down at your desk and are halfway through a really pressing project. Then, your mobile goes and it’s the school or the nursery. Your little one is sick, can you come pick them up? Actually, you’d prefer to stay and get the work done …
The work never stops
Just because you’ve finished for the day at 5.30pm, doesn’t mean you get to put your feet up. There is homework to be done, baths to be had and dinner to be made. By the time the kids get off to bed, you’re pretty much ready for yours too.
Written By Mary Palmer