Back To School For The Working Parent

Posted: September 3, 2015

Well, Edmonton. It’s that time of year again. There’s a slight chill to the air, the leaves are looking a little less green, and kids are beginning to go back to school. Unfortunately this time of year isn’t all pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters. No, sending kids back to school can be stressful, especially to the working parent. In an effort to help you with this yearly transition we searched the net to find the best tips for parents just like you. So here they are – the top 4 tips and tricks for working parents at back to school time.

 

  1. Embrace work-life integration.

Of course you know the popular term “work-life balance,” which implies an equal weight between work and life at all times. Yet, that’s not realistic. Considering today’s environment, I prefer the term work-life integration. Yes, you may need to leave early to make the big game, but you also may need to jump on a call at 9 p.m. with colleagues in India. There are ways to be successful with work and family commitments if you’re flexible. (From Etrepreneur.com)

 

  1. Have back-up support ready.

When plans change at the last minute or you have an early morning meeting, it pays to have friends or family that can help lend a hand. “I’m a huge believer that it really does take a village,” Levin says, adding that neighbors with children at the same school as your children can be a good source of back-up support. (From Inc.com)

 

  1. Line Up Childcare

Whether it’s an extra set of hands to help before school starts or after school care you need, lining up a sitter before school is back in session is key.  Here are 7 tips for hiring after-school child care. (From Workplace.care.com)

 

  1. Ease Into the Routine

Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother. (From pbs.org)

 

Do you have any tried, tested and true tricks for back to school time? Share them with us!