In the race to ensure our careers shine as bright as they possibly can, we’ve got to make some sacrifices along the way. Late nights in front of the laptop are chosen over a family dinner at a restaurant, phone calls are cut short to deal with the call-waiting beep ringing incessantly in our ears, and team birthdays are marked on the calendar in a bolder font than family events. While striving to prove how accessible we are to our organization, we often become inaccessible to our families.
So, we’re here to tell you that it’s not a choice you have to make. You can spend quality time with your children while still being the model employee at your organization. Sounds impossible? Here are 5 simple ways you can do this:
1. Play sports in your home!
When you’ve got a ton of responsibilities on your plate, you don’t really have the time to go out and throw a ball around with your child as often as you would like. However, there’s no reason why you should give up on your bonding session. With so many innovations in gaming and tech, such as the Wii, you can enjoy any sport of your choice with your child from the comfort of your home. With the travel time to a park or ground completely out of the picture, it’s easier to squeeze in some time to have fun.
2. Buy their essentials online!
Going to a mall can be pretty strenuous. Finding a decent parking spot, navigating your way through the crowded outlets, and then negotiating with traffic on the way back can easily kill a few hours that could have been used more productively otherwise. However, if your family enjoys shopping and that’s the quality time they want to spend with you, you can’t always turn them down. Instead, offer to shop online with them so you can have the best of both worlds.
3. Facilitate their learning through the internet!
Way back in the 90s, kids were given educational (and fun) videos to watch on the television. Most of these kiddie shows became a staple in a lot of households, with parents and children spending time together and facilitating the child’s learning. Now, you can do the same online. With so many creative learning courses and fun videos available on the net, you can spend time with your child and help their minds grow while learning quite a few things yourself also.
4. Encourage their hobbies!
Hobbies can be as much of a creative outlet as they can be stress busters. They can really come in handy when developing your child’s creative instincts and allowing you to vent off some of the stress you face at work. Indulging in a productive hobby, such as digital art, video manipulation, or even building photo collages for fun can not only let provide them with entertainment but also equip them with useful skills they may need in the future.
5. Teach them about tech!
Technology evolves almost on a daily basis. Teaching your child a thing or two about the latest gizmos and gadgets can help increase their knowledge of how they can use the best of tech for themselves. For instance, teaching your child how to use a Kindle can help them become voracious readers as they grow older. Reading books together can be a great way to spend quality time.
Though the world is getting more and more competitive, and work pressures increase day by day, it is important not to forget that life’s still quite short. At the end of it all, the only things we truly leave behind are the memories we create. By spending more time with your family, you’re ultimately gifting them moments and your love (and they’ll value that much more than your professional achievements).