The overwhelming task of pulling a career together after a divorce is one many Americans face as a day-to-day challenge. In Georgia, after the divorce papers have been signed, the new households have been set up and a financial agreement has been made, many people find they are left to run a household on their own. There may never be a perfect equation for work and a personal life, but there are steps one can take to help meet the everyday challenges of a working parent.
Acknowledging that a new phase has begun after a divorce is something that can have an intimidating effect. Single parents should try to become flexible in order to help balance the demands of work and family. It’s important not to forget to assess the resources available and to have a full understanding of the options. If the divorce has a negative impact on a child’s behavior or schooling, parents should make sure to check with the school’s guidance counselor. Allowing children to have a safe and neutral party to talk to can help them know they are not alone.
When the day has ended at work and the quality time at home has begun, people must realize that every moment counts. Quality time does not have to include spending money on lavish events. Tuning out the technological world and truly taking time to be interactive is meaningful to children.
The key to any traditional family is having an established, balanced routine with work and family. Prioritizing is the realistic key to the new life established after a divorce. People should be sure to have a clear understanding of what is in the court-ordered calendar, and realize that holidays between divorced families can be a complicated struggle.
Learning to balance a life after a divorce is not a straight-forward task. It may look easy on the outside, but appearances are deceiving. No two situations are the same, so comparing the two is not a fair comparison. In Georgia, having to balance a new life with work and family as a single parent has never been nor will it ever be an easy task. Happily, the effort is worth the outcome.
Source: Huffington Post, Achieving Work-Life Balance After Divorce, Nicole H. Sodoma, Dec. 5, 2013