|June||The working parent time crunch||How you think about time is as important as how you manage it. Read More|
|July||Seven ways for parents to get more rest||When we don’t rest, we are at risk for depression and anxiety, everyday stress and, as we age, cognitive problems. Read More|
|August||Managing transitions||Daily transitions can be stressful for working parents and their children. Read More|
|September||Helping your children develop resiliency||One of the greatest attributes any child can have is resiliency. Read More|
|October||Helping children get more rest||Lack of sleep reduces children’s ability to deal with stress, and is in fact a stressor itself. Read More|
|November||When to seek professional help for your child's mental health||It’s not always easy to know when your child needs professional help. Here are some guidelines that may help. Read More|
|December||Working Parent "Guilt"||Parents have to provide for their families. And in most Canadian families, that means two parents (or a single parent) working outside the home. Read More|
|January||Finding time for self-care||One very important, and often overlooked, aspect of good enough parenting is looking after yourself. Read More|
|February||Kids have stress too||Stress is a normal part of life. It’s our brain and body’s response to both positive and negative challenges. However, too much negative stress, for too long, can contribute to children’s behaviour and mood problems. Read More|
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Talking to stressed out children
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Returning to work after parental leave
The transition from parental leave back to work can be stressful. Adjusting to a new routine of drop offs at childcare, commuting, settling back into a work environment or the emotional strain of spending time away from your child can all be challenging. During this time most of us need support from friends, family, other parents, therapists or others.
These tips can aid with the transition.
Schedules: Many people, children and adults, are comforted by knowing what is expected of them. Printing out a visual morning schedule including brush teeth, get dressed, have breakfast or pack your bag can help ease the transition of leaving the house each morning. Leave space to include anything specific to the next day and update the night before. Post the list somewhere that you can’t miss it.
15 minutes the night before: Take time the night before to put out clothes, make lunches and set out work and school bags by the door to reduce the stress of looking for items. This can give you much needed time to get where you need to go without feeling rushed.
Create space for moments: After being home with your baby 24 hours a day you may miss having quality time with them. Creating space in your daily routine can help. Pack favourite books to read with your child when you both have to wait during appointments or shopping trips. Bring bubbles and a wand to stop on the way home and burn some energy outdoors. Pack a picnic and blanket (leave it at daycare or at caregivers) and enjoy a pre-made meal outdoors.
Make time for nothing: Moving to a very scheduled work day can be overwhelming for everyone. Where possible, it can be helpful to make at least part of one of your days off unscheduled. Take time for long walks, playing outside with your kids and spending time unrushed. Take a rain check on things that require you to be somewhere at a certain time - even if just for a little while.
Partner with your care provider: Let your care provider, even if it is family, know what you need. Many daycares and childcare providers will offer a daily summary, photographs or updates to let you know how your child’s day has been. This helps you stay connected to how your child is doing. If you have questions or concerns - write them down and book time to talk them through when the care provider has free time.
Time block: The day to day tasks in life can feel overwhelming - pick up a present for a party, get the prescriptions, grocery shop, clean the bathroom, make a doctors appointment. Often this can create a lot of stress. Having a running list reduces the mental energy required. And by blocking time during the week, for example during a coffee break or before or after work, you can cross these off your list with less effort.
The above is compliments of Allison Venditti, Career Strategist & Return to Work Specialist. Allison is the creator of the Ready to Return program - Canada's first online program to support mothers returning to work from maternity leave. For more information, check out careerlove.ca.