Mum and dad know best. It’s always been the case and it always will be. But maybe, just maybe this article will help struggling parents who are being hit by the poor economy to save a bob or two, all while making sure the kids are receiving the best childhood possible.
Get your boss to implement a flexi-time programme
Now this is probably going to be a bit of a hard sell for an unwilling boss. But many executives simply don’t realise the positives of providing some employees with a more flexible working regime.
Not only does letting staff do the hours they want massively boost morale, but it also increases engagement and retention for parents that would otherwise simply drop out of the company to focus on family.
In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, a number of business leaders – including Phil Smith, chief executive of Cisco and Chris Bush, managing director of Tesco – highlighted their support for flexible working hours: “If implemented successfully by business leaders, workforce agility can offer sustainable business performance and engaged employees.
“Creating an agile workforce has helped us to compete in the global market. We believe that it could help other UK businesses, too. We are committed to sharing our experience and knowledge and have also developed a range of practical support for companies looking to create a more agile workforce.”
A lot of parents don’t know it, but many employers across the UK offer their staff tax-free reductions arranged by childcare voucher providers such as You at Work.
We all know just how expensive nurseries are if you’re working nine to five, so cutting a huge chunk out of this expenditure could help you save hundreds of pounds a year on other important things. Like beer.
Don’t neglect your own needs
Speaking of holidays, it’s important you don’t forget that both you and your significant other need some down-time at some moment or another. It’s all well and good making sure your kid gets the right upbringing but there’s not really much of a point doing this if it’s going to drive you into the ground.
Make sure to de-stress wherever possible – whether it be in the bath or in the gym and remember, what’s good for you is good for your child. Apart from alcohol. That’s not good for your child.
Do it your way!
As any new parents are aware, advice comes thick and fast for anyone wishing to stay in their job while they bring up a youngster. Mums, dads, friends and other family members are likely to impart their negative experiences and tell you horror stories of why keeping on a career path is a bad idea.
But some of the most successful men and women in business are parents that have found a way to balance the important task of raising a child with their career and you shouldn’t listen to people who tell you it isn’t possible!
Simply trusting in yourself and sticking to what you believe is best is probably the most important thing a working mum or dad can do for their infant’s wellbeing.
This post is in collaboration with youatwork.com