If you are a working mother, find ways to give some time to your child, says Meenal Arora
Are you a mother who is also a career-oriented woman? If you are then you may be juggling with the real issue of spending quality time with your child. While it may seem extremely difficult, it is a task that you can more than perform. There are a number of different ways you can be actively involved in your child’s life while still pursuing your career. All you need is to learn how to prioritise and take out enough time from your busy schedule.
- Children need routine and stability so ensure the quality time you plan takes place regularly. You can use weekends for relaxed outings or you can choose one day every week to eat out.
- You can even make some of your routines with one another interesting. For eg, use the time spent in the car to discuss things going on in your child’s life or sing songs together on your way to market.
- Look for interesting ways to involve your child in household chores like folding washed clothes or sorting of toys. This will help you spend more time together while you finish your everyday responsibilities.
- Spend time with your children in a relaxed environment and do things you can both enjoy for eg, painting, gardening and chocolate-making. The key is to find ways to spend fun times together, to laugh, to play and reconnect with your child.
- Families that eat together stay together. Make sure you eat dinner together with your child every night. This will provide you an opportunity to bond together as a family while you discuss your day’s event with each other.
- Make a decision that family matters. Once you’ve made family your priority, it’s fairly easy to weed out those activities that take up too much time like watching TV, idle gossiping on phone or internet chatting. Instead spend quality time with your child by playing educational games, puzzles or chess.
- Lastly, on days you are bound to put in long working hours to meet the deadlines at work, find ways to let your child know you are thinking about her during the day by either calling her or leaving her messages.
Remember, parental support isn’t just about making the goodies or buying expensive gifts any more. The best inheritance parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day. Make sure that whatever possible time you spend with the child is quality time and that your child benefits from it.
All the best! Enjoy being a working mother. Happy Mother’s Day.
Meenal Arora is Executive Director of Shemrock Preschools
and the Founder Director of Shemford Futuristic Schools