The Work-Life Balance Tool Kit for Parents

Published on Monday, 05 December 2016
Last updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2019

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For many parents, achieving a happy balance between work and family commitments is a struggle. As you contemplate and prepare for returning to work after the birth of a child it's important to focus on the fact that things DO get easier!

There is a lot of planning involved when you return to work after the birth of a child: how and where will you source child care? Who will do the pickups and drop offs? What will you do on sick days? How will you cope with all the household chores?

Returning to Work - Things to Consider

Things to Consider When Returning to Work offers a general overview on many of the issues you may be facing including an introductory look at the different types of child care and the pros and cons of each type.

Feeling guilty about returning to work is a perfectly natural emotion and one you should prepare for. Managing Feelings of Mother Guilt offers tips and tricks which will hopefully make you feel a little better.

Different Factors to Weigh Up

There are many different factors to weigh up when you are devising a child care plan for your family. Things to Consider for Work and Child Care offers some interesting research findings on the subject and describes the strategies for maximising your chances of success.

Sick Days and Emergency Child Care offers a range of strategies for successfully dealing with sick days when they strike.


More and more employers are offering employees flexible work conditions including the opportunity to work from home. Although this may sound like the ideal scenario, any parent who has tried to take a phone call with a child around will know that working from home may not be as dreamy as it sounds.

That is not to say it is impossible! Child Care and Other Strategies When Working from Home offers some tried and tested tricks for maintaining your productivity if you work from home.

The Tools

Things to Consider When Returning to Work
Managing Feelings of Mother Guilt
Sick Days and Emergency Child Care
Child Care and Other Strategies when Working from Home

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