In contemporary society, most mothers have joined fathers in working outside the household level, thereby resulting in dual-income or two-earner families. This is contrary to the past years, where mothers stayed at home to raise the children and maintain the home. This paper explores the various ways through which parents can balance work and family time to ensure their children are well nurtured while offering them (parents) some time off too.
Balancing work and family time to nurture the children well can be accomplished in a variety of ways, the first one being separating family and work roles (Benokraitis 369). This can be accomplished by setting time limits for work to ensure that one spends the rest of the time with the family. Proper organization of domestic duties, where they are equitably distributed between adults and children can be instrumental in resolving domestic overload. Families may accomplish this through the preparation of periodic job charts, for instance, weekly or monthly, in which family members are assigned duties that are clearly written down (Benokraitis 369). This can be enhanced through assignment to ensure equity. Partners can also strike a balance between work and family time through the cultivation of a sharing attitude. It involves discussing the efforts that each partner will put forward to help the other in his/her roles both at home and at work. Thirdly, the partners should attempt to maintain a realistic balance between responsibilities and recreation. This will improve the standard of living, as it will make life more enjoyable. Fourthly, family members should be ready to compromise to achieve a realistic balance between family and work responsibilities. Partners should understand that balancing work and family time would never be perfected. Fifthly, parents should set priorities for addressing family and work demands that are often inevitable, for instance, taking turns in staying home to watch over sick children (Benokraitis 369). Finally, the parents should emphasize the positive aspects of working, for instance, improved standards of living, self-actualization, while providing the children with more cultural and educational opportunities
Benokraitis, Nijole V. Marriages & Families: Changes, Choices, and Constraints. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011. Print.