Life is tough for many people. Most people that I know live a very busy lifestyle. Life is not getting any cheaper and people need to juggle many things in order for them to make ends meet. Families come in all shapes and sizes and getting everything to work in harmony is often easier said than done.
First, most parents must be both working to meet the financial demands of their family. Everything from school, extra-curricular activities and even hobbies need to be planned out where there is often not a lot of time. There will be cases where one of the parents will get to school late to pick up their kids because jobs have just become more demanding with time, especially with certain positions.
The higher you get on the ladder, the less free time you have. Of course, nothing is impossible. If you really want to make something work, you can organize yourself well-enough to be there for all your kid’s major appointments. This often sounds a lot easier than it really is, as I would later experience myself.
Now, whenever we’re talking about a single-parent home, everything gets a lot more complicated. I can tell you from my own experience, you really need to work magic sometimes. In my case, I was left with custody of my two daughters. As a man, this is a real challenge, especially with two girls. My entire world revolved around them. There were many jobs I just could not take. I would not have the time to work in those positions and be around for my daughters.
As they grew older each day, I found out that nothing was impossible. There are ways for you to be present in their lives, but you do need to make sacrifices. There were some things that I needed to give up. There were no more outings to the club with my friends, at least not often. Plans that I could make would depend on my daughter’s activities, health and other activities.
I may have made a lot of sacrifices, but in the end, it’s all worth it. It is very easy to fall into the trap of your job, its activities and leave your children for the end. In my case, I made sure they were always first. They were before me, before my friends, before my job and sometimes even before myself. The following video is a reminder of what’s truly important in life. It’s not about getting lost in your everyday activities, it’s about your family and what you teach them!