The juggling act: Parenting while maintaining a healthy work-life balance

April 13, 2021 - Defence Stories

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Do you find yourself in ‘Zoom’ meetings with the dog barking in the background, or one of your children interrupting your work to ask for help with their virtual learning?  If you answered yes, you are not alone!

Many Defence Team members have been facing these types of challenges since the start of the pandemic. Balancing parenting, work, and personal lives has been a unique test on our resilience, and patience.

Statistics Canada has found that 74% of parents are very or extremely concerned for their families in terms of balancing childcare, schooling, and work. Although we each face our own unique obstacles during this time, the one thing that many can relate to are the hurdles that parents are facing during this pandemic.

With spring just around the corner, parents are usually starting to think about summer vacations and registering their children for camps and activities. This year may look different again due to the pandemic restrictions. Parents are concerned about how the current climate will affect home life and work life this summer.

To help manage the stress of these uncertain times, here are some practical tips to consider:

To further explore this topic, join us for a virtual webinar titled I’m all Pandemic’ked Out: Parent Stress and Coping. This webinar will address stressors, mental health, resilience, strategies for parents, and how to seek help.

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