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Work and Family: Work–Family Balance

Balancing work and family, Aِre we working a lot? Tips for spending good time with our families

Work–Family Balance

As human beings, we must eat food to survive. We must have the means to get food. These means are dollars, pounds, euros or any currency used in respective countries. To acquire the said means, one or two spouses must work or earn them through services or other activities that are performed. That is why we work every day because we must eat to survive.

(1) Aِre we working a lot?

The question we should ask ourselves: Are we working a lot? Are we spending too much time with family and kids? If you are a father and only see your kids for five minutes in the morning and not at all in the evening, then the sad answer to the above questions is a resounding yes.

The goal of working is to get food for us to eat and sustain our well-being. In order to lead a satisfying life, we must not shun our responsibilities of raising children and spending good time with our families. The more we work and the less we see our kids, the more likely they will alienate us.

(2) Tips for spending good time with our families

Here are some suggestions in great order: 

1. Turn off the TV every day for at least one hour, and talk to your kids about your past. There is nothing too personal about it, just something they can use to inspire them to do better. For example, you can talk about a certain day you had a test in school but you forgot to study and were panicking, yet you were able to totally recall the information and scored an A degree.

2. Instead of sending them phone messages, try talking to them with full eye contact and teaching them to speak to people with full eye contact.

3. Eat dinner together, as well as breakfast, because eating together is historically important in building great family ties.

4. If you have to wake them up early or wake them up when you get home, do this to spend time with your children, and talk to them about something. If they have nothing to say, tell them a story about yourself.

5. On weekends or days off, make sure to spend quality time with your kids before they are mature enough to hang out with friends:

(a) If kids are fairly young and still do not drive a car, and thus do not go to friends' houses for all-night get-together yet, spend a lot of time with them, because if you do not so, they will reach the adolescent stage and do rebellious activities such as drinking, smoking, sex, drugs, etc. So spend a lot of weekend time with your kids under 12 years old.

(b) If your kids are already teenagers, just be open-minded and tell them to be safe and always use protection. This is why they will listen to you, as opposed to being strict and enforcing harsh rules.

In the end, you want your kids to grow up and be successful in their careers and life decisions so that you do not have to raise them forever. Do not let your work get in the way of your molding them into bright young individuals full of dreams and intelligence.

Elsayed Farouk

Arabic-Egyptian translator and blogger - I share my experience in a simple way that suits everyone..... (مترجم ومدون عربي مصري - أشارك خبرتي بأسلوب مبسط يناسب الجميع)
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