How to spend more time with your kids as a working mum

As a working mum (or dad), it can be tricky to get the balance right. You want to put as much as possible into both your career and your kids. So here are five simple ways to ensure neither work nor family are neglected…

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Juggling between work and spending time with your kids is every busy parent’s dilemma. Children who feel neglected may express their need of attention in various ways – including rebellion and indifference. No parent wants their child to feel this way so here are five simple ideas to help you connect with your children…

Consider working from home
Talk to your partner about how to balance work and family life. Working from home might be the best option for you and your children. Many parents, especially mothers, are doing this nowadays just so they can spend time with their kids. In order to find the perfect remote job, use virtual networking and social media such as Facebook or Linkedin to your advantage.

Online job sites could also be really useful for your job search. Job search engine like could be a great tool to help you find flexible job offers and new opportunities in different industries and geographical areas. Working from home might bridge the gap between your career and the family life, so you can keep working and earning money while being around for your little ones.

Be creative
Surprise them with small treats or gifts when they least expect it. Drop a favourite treat in their lunch boxes. Leave them notes encouraging them to do their best in school. Those few lines won’t take too long and you’ll be putting a smile on your child’s face.

Get involved
Ask about their day, friends and school. Share and exchange stories after dinner and maybe even play a board game or watch a movie. Help them with homework too. Let them know that you’re interested in their activities and that they can talk to you. Just asking them how they are will make them feel better, especially when they’ve had a bad day.

A parent and a friend
A parent you can laugh, gossip and play with is just like a friend. Play with a ball in the garden when you get home, laugh over a silly show, joke around on your way to school or gossip in the bedroom. It doesn’t hurt to have some leeway in your parenting style sometimes. Be approachable, loosen up and keep smiling.

Eat together
Eating is a great way to spend quality time with your family. It can be tempting to plonk the kids in front of the TV with their food but instead, ensure you’re all sat at the table together for at least one meal a day. Sit, be a family and teach your children that spending time together will make your family united and stronger. It’s fun to hear each other’s stories and ideas at dinnertime, too.