Understanding What Work-Life Balance is All About
Most of us, and not just the working moms, are confronted with the predicament of maintaining work life balance and dealing with children, particularly their well-being. Although it’s not something we constantly gripe about, it’s a nagging thought that’s often at the back of our minds.
Work life balance is the state of equilibrium between the amount of time we live our lives as a worker and as a family person.
Try imagining a balance scale and load the left-side with the amount of time you spend working and then load the right-side with the amount of time you spend with your family, particularly with your children. Naturally, if there is more time spent at work, the balance scales will teeter heavily to the left, while the right-side becomes raised. The vessel on the right-side seems to call attention to itself, as it swings precariously in mid-air due to lack of weight.
One of the reasons why we feel bothered is because we simply can't put a finger to what exactly is troubling us. It’s logical that the left-side is heavier since work is necessary. More time at work equates to increased take-home pay, and the higher the paycheck received, the more financial relief is provided. In today’s economic state, employment does have a lot of bearing in terms of weight or importance. This is even true for the work at home parent.
If that’s the case, why, then, do we feel bothered that the right side seems unstable, as it sways with the slightest whiff of air? Could it be that we’re afraid that a stronger gush could cause the vessel’s contents to spill over or drop from where it is suspended?
First, since the right side represents our family life, we should identify which aspect or what part of our family life holds so much importance. Most working parents can easily relate to this by airing their concerns over their children. The nagging feeling can simply be expressed as a single question: “What’s the sense of getting financial relief, if it can’t help you deal with the problems you face regarding your children’s behavior, their well-being and their appreciation for the benefits derived from your work?"
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