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Most working parents find themselves stressed out and short of time and struggle with childcare ( it’s SO expensive!). You can’t possibly afford to leave work, but you can change your job to get more out of your free time, feel less tired, and more motivated to achieve your goals. If you are in a dead end job, you might be stressed, worn out, and hopeless, and it might be time to change your career to improve your lifestyle. Find out more below.
You Can Work Flexible Hours In Some Positions
Some positions offer flexible working hours, or even occasional working from home. You can save time and money on traveling, and tailor your work to your lifestyle.
Instead of having to pay a babysitter to pick your kids up after school, you can finish work early, and start early. More flexibility can save you from stress and give you more freedom to spend time with your family.
More Challenge Is Good for Your Self Esteem
If you need to learn new skills or change your career, you will improve your confidence and self-esteem. Going from an office job to getting an online criminology degree is an achievement to be proud of.
Even if you have to put in a lot of effort of getting a new qualification, you can be rewarded by a more challenging and better-recognized career that makes you happier with your life, more organized, and calmer.
You Might Not Need to Work Weekends Anymore
If it is hard to arrange anything with your family as you might have to work on the weekend, you might want to consider a career change. Your work needs to fit your family and lifestyle, not the other way round.
If your current employer is not flexible enough and is too demanding, you have an option. Think about your skills that are transferable, and don’t be afraid of the change.
Improved Confidence and Mental Health
A healthy work-life balance has several mental health benefits. Having a few minutes extra in the morning to have breakfast with your kids and drop them off at school can help you get in a good mood all day. If you feel confident and satisfied with your career, you can think clearly about your finances and family-related decisions.
Work Perks that Count
Some jobs are more family-friendly and come with more perks than others. Simply by having a family health care options, or discount on days out, even rewards and bonuses that you can use to book your vacation can make a huge difference. Some employers have discounts on childcare, and on-site nurseries to help out their workers with a young family.
Whether you are struggling with your work life balance, or feel trapped in a dead-end job, you have a way out. Don’t be afraid to change your career to improve your lifestyle and mental health. Invest in your education, and make sure that you are aware of your true value for employers.
1/22/18 It’s Monday! Right now I am trying to figure out how to block Oreo from going down the sides of the house. One side is muddy and the other is a potential escape hazard. I see Home Depot in my future!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.