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Being a working parent can sometimes feel like a juggling act. Aside from making sure you look immaculate for your business presentation, you also have to spend each morning making sure that the kids’ lunches are packed, their bags are ready, and their uniforms are well-pressed. There’s also the marathon of coming home. After beating every red light to get past rush hour traffic, you must fix a dinner several degrees above the standard microwave fare. And in all these, you’ve yet to have “me” time. And spouse time. And time out with friends and family members. Whew!

But can you really juggle it all? Or is work-life balance for busy parents a dream that will never be realized?

The good news is: there are things that you can do to be better adept at providing quality time for all your needs. If you already find yourself knocking on burn-out’s door, or neglecting one aspect of your life in favor of another, then it’s time to consider the following tips on finding work-life balance when you’re a busy parent:

Work tools to help you save time.

One of our favorite time-saving tools is Copy.ai. It is an Artificial Intelligence tool that will write copy for you! We use it to write blog posts, product descriptions, and Instagram captions. If you are looking for a new job, you can even use it to write your resume, cover letters, and thank you notes! It is so simple!

  1. Select your copy
    • Choose from headlines, blog intros, product descriptions, and much more.
  2. Describe your product
    • Just enter the name of your company and 1-2 sentences on what you do.
  3. Get your results and edit
    • You’ll get 10 results at a time, and you can rerun the tool for more ideas.

Have you tried to delegate?

It’s tempting to do everything for your kids; after all, good parents anticipate all their children’s needs, right? But you also want to teach your kids to be independent and get them to learn some life smarts. So be watchful for what your children can do for themselves, such as fixing their breakfast or helping others with homework. You’ll free up time for personal needs if you make it a point to raise children who value self-sufficiency.

Set boundaries with your boss.

You don’t have to do homework, you know! If your supervisor is a slave driver who insists you owe the company your family time, it’s time to find a new job.  The good news is: the work-life balance movement has increased support for family-friendly options in the workplace, such as telecommuting or setting up daycare centers in the workplace. And given that these options are cheaper alternatives (indeed, in this recession, many would instead outsource business operations to work-from-home consultants), you won’t lack companies willing to give you a better deal. Just be more aggressive in defending your family time!

Find ways of mixing all worlds.

Your time and finances are limited, so it’s better to look for ways work, and life can mix rather than carefully segregating them into compartments. Do you need a vacation and time to write a report? Then why not take the family to the nearest beach and do your work there? Interested in expanding your education? Then why not take a distance education program — study your lessons while waiting for the pot roast to cook. Want to bond with your infant? Then start a home-based company so you won’t ever have to leave home. Multi-tasking is a skill that can give you the best of all worlds if you just apply it correctly!