While 85% of US dads do aspire to fully share parenting roles with their spouses, only 30% are able to do so because of work, according to American Time Use. This clear lack of work/life balance for dads invariably ends up affecting their parenting styles, their children, and the overall family dynamic.
That being said, how could you, as a modern-day dad, find a balance to your work and home life?
Define Your “Balance”
No two men are the same — this is also true with what you would consider as “balance” between your work and your home life.
For example, fathers generally feel that their role is to earn money for their families rather than increasing the time spent at home, according to Al Ferguson of The Dad Network. If this is something that you don’t agree with, then balance for you will take the form of adding more productive hours in the home setting rather than at work.
Therefore, it’s important to be clear on what you think “balance” is so that you can plan to achieve it.
Embrace Flex Work
Gone are the days when work meant you had a rigid office schedule to follow.
Now, 57% of companies offer flexible working schedules for their employees, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only does it allow you to stay at home to meet your family’s needs, but you also save money from commutes and child care services.
A quick search on Google can yield you some part-time work-from-home jobs that are available in your area.
These often take the form of freelance work, small-scale entrepreneurship and online teaching, so it’s good to take your time to review which sort of flex work would fit your preferences and schedule.
Establish Firm Boundaries
Another thing to help you find work/life balance is through establishing firm boundaries.
Work alongside your managers or bosses to clarify which periods (times or dates) your work life and your home life cannot intersect. In the same vein, the same boundaries work for your family as well. Have a frank conversation with your partner or spouse to plot out which events or dates absolutely require your presence.
That way you can focus on either your work or your family without any regrets.
As a modern dad, you must be open to reevaluating your day-to-day life so that you can identify which parts need to change. This constant state of growth will enable you to further streamline your methods and priorities so that nothing gets left behind.
With some needed help and a few key decisions, you just may find yourself enjoying a truly fulfilling work and home life.