As a mom, you know all too well that nothing beats spending time with your kids. You’d move heaven and earth just to be able to have an extra hour in a day with them. But with the huge pile of paperwork sitting at your office desk, next to those coffee pods you got as presents last Christmas, that seems almost unlikely. Your boss just asked you to work overtime again.
Such is the dilemma for most working parents. You toil away in the office to provide for your family, but your time with the kids gets compromised. It’s a nasty trade-off, and sometimes you feel you’re left with no choice but to fall prey to the corporate world.
They say that time- once passed- is gone forever. Since we can no longer bring back lost time, we do what we can to make up for it by buying our kids fancy stuff, or taking them places on weekends.
The good news is, you don’t need to wait for Saturday to make your kids feel loved. On weeknights, for instance, if you manage to get home just in time for your kid’s bedtime, you can stop and read him a story, or have a quick chat about how his day went.
If you get home early enough for dinner, make it special. Talk, ask questions about your kid’s day in school. After dinner, make him a smoothie or some hot chocolate as you plop in front of the TV to catch his favorite cartoon show.
If you can, drive your kid to school. Even if it’s just a short trip to his school, you can still strike up a conversation with him.
Try as much as you can to be involved in your child’s personal and emotional affairs. Even in your absence, he will feel the warmth of your love. That will give him the confidence he needs to make it through life.