As a father, it is a gift to give your little ones non-stop time that they keep giving. By investing in your little one’s interests early on, stimulating gameplay, studying their quirks, and attending to their emotional needs, super-fathers everywhere can play a positive role in their child’s formative years. Despite these undeniable benefits of father-son camping trips and father-daughter dances, in the past working fathers have found it difficult to cut the time between consecutive meetings.
Nonetheless, forward-thinking fathers are starting to spend time with their children and make room for their wants and needs in addition to their job responsibilities. As a result, many father figures feel burned out and worn down by double duties. Regardless of that, they push ahead and learn to balance work and play.
Many working fathers control parenting and job responsibilities by moving from traditional professional roles to self-employed professionals. As self-owned businesses continue to flourish, navigating work and personal life becomes even more important for entrepreneurs who need expertly managed time. If you’re a homemade dad looking to improve your parenting game without sacrificing your professional ambitions, consult this guide for the ultimate balancing act.
Invest in a virtual office space
When you’re tired of driving long distances to dingy, rented office space and leaving your kids’ doggy faces in the rear view, a home office can cut your commute time to a walk to the cave. Although working remotely brings its challenges such as distractions and overload, more and more working parents are reporting increases in productivity and happiness when they are allowed to work from home.
A virtual office gives you access to a physical address, phone number, and receptionist in addition to the flexibility of working remotely. Using virtual rooms reduces administrative responsibilities and commute times, so you can invest more in your children’s development.
Value quality time
Some well-meaning fathers will think about a quick chat here, and there is enough to stoke an emotional relationship. Regardless of how often you talk to your child or what activities you participate in, you need to make sure that the time you spend is quality bond-building time. When you press during the lunch break to sit down with your child and seriously ask about their day and emotional state, trust and connection grows and shows that you are prioritizing them throughout the day.
If your work is intense or if there are strict regulations around the clock, take some time off on the weekend or after work to spend with your children. Offer to play their favorite games, watch a popular TV show, or talk to them about their daily stressors to show them your unconditional love and support.
Hire people you trust
Part of running a successful private business is keeping good company. Whether you’re a loner looking to keep help to a minimum or an entrepreneur looking to scale up, you need help with managing tasks and administrative tasks. For overworked family men, hiring a trusted assistant can mean the difference between late office evenings and game nights with your kids. When you surround yourself with excellent people, you can sleep peacefully knowing that they are taking over day-to-day business functions, so you can schedule extra time for family bonding.
Roll with the punches
Having children is an unpredictable journey full of ups and downs. The same goes for entrepreneurship. Whether you’re struggling to fund your latest idea or comforting an emotionally troubled child, you need to know how to adapt and be resourceful. Part of the work-life balance is imperfection. After all, you’ll never get it 100 percent right. However, if you are open and honest with your children and adapt to the hurdles life presents, you will learn how to run a successful business without compromising family goals.
Being a homemade man while having a family is not an easy task, and balancing work and family life can be a challenge for the most seasoned parents. However, you can win the Father of the Year without letting go of your professional dreams by investing in office management resources and personnel, prioritizing time with your children, and adapting to the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and parenting.
This content is provided to you by Jana Gray.