Finding a balance between work and family is not easy, but it is absolutely necessary for business owners and employees. As a matter of fact, at SmartPayroll Solutions, Duluth, GA, we recommend business leaders take the time to foster a healthy, happy home life for everyone involved. Just a small investment of time and/or resources in this area can help promote a healthier, more productive workplace and help retain your valuable staff members. (Not to mention, it’s the right thing to do.)

And as always, we say keep it simple. It doesn’t take much to start a discussion on the topic of family and free resources are available to help. One of the resources we found is FamilyLives.org.  They have helpful articles and suggestions for improving the family life, parenting, relationships and more.

From their article How to Keep a Work-life Balance, we found (and tweaked a little) the following suggestions to help parents find the right balance between work and the kids.

Since we are starting fresh with a brand new year, why not take a few minutes to talk about these suggestions at your next staff meeting or around the water cooler? Better yet, why not try them at home with your children?

  • Come home from work relaxed. Stop along the way home if necessary to take a deep breath and refocus. Or give yourself a few minutes to shower and change before you sit down with the children. Children pick up on moods and will sense your unhappiness with the family routine if you run in complaining about work, traffic or missed meals and late bedtimes.
  • Sit down and eat with your children. If it is late and they have already eaten, get into the habit of sitting down and enjoying a light snack and a chat with them before they go up to bed. The chat doesn’t have to be about anything heavy. Just ask about their day and tell them about yours, or share a funny story about something that happened to you that day.  This will encourage them to communicate with you. Every evening can be different, but that sit down over dinner can become one of the most enjoyable parts of your family routine.
  • Do something together. It doesn’t have to be anything special or take very long. The fact is your children will just enjoy being around you for a short time each day while you water the garden, take the dog around the block, or pick up their brother or sister from a friend’s. As long as you are relaxed and listening to their chatter, they’ll be happy.
  • Enjoy the bedtime routine, including bathtime, storytime, or both. Your children do not always need or want full on entertainment. Just having your quiet company while they play in the bath or a short story at bedtime will be enough for them. Then you can watch your children settle down, happy to know you are there.
  • Make one night your special night. Movie night, Lego night or computer game night. Whatever they fancy. Your children will love to know that there is one night when everything else stops just for them.

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