Father’s Day is this weekend and I thought what better way to celebrate fathers than to share a guest post from Lee single father sharing his thoughts on the challenges he faces with work/life balance.
Hey y'all, my name's Lee. I'm a single father and blogger at fatkidchronicles.com. I was asked to talk a little bit about the challenges I've faced with the work/life balance. Something I know quite a bit about since I work from home making it harder to separate work and life.
It's my belief that we let our work get in the way of actually living our lives with our children. Along with TV, video games, social media, and cell phones, this problem is only going to expand unless we do something about it as parents. Let me explain.
I used to sit behind my computer desk all day and all night and work on client's businesses (I'm a digital strategist). But when my son turned 3, I looked back at those last 3 years and wondered where the time went. I also couldn't believe how much I hadn't done with him. That got me thinking.
What is my son learning from me? Is he learning how to be an adult, or is he learning how to just work all the time. How am I developing his life skills if I'm sitting behind a computer screen or in front of the TV all the time. Of course, we did that once or twice a year vacation, but is that really enough? These are all questions that I had to ask myself and sadly, the answers weren't good.
I realized we have the unique ability, and frankly, a responsibility to create moments that are kids can look back on and use as building blocks for their own kids. We have the power to create a generation of kids with respect, manners, a sense of belonging, and values that this current generation does not have. We have to step up and be the parents and make the tough calls so that our kids can have better lives.
And we have to start now.
Thank you for reading, I'd love to know what your thoughts are. Please leave a comment below and I'll make sure to read and answer them!