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Can you be a single parent and a full-time worker?

Getting a divorce in Louisiana presents an array of challenging circumstances, especially when you are faced with the task of being a full-time parent and maintaining full-time employment. Fortunately, there are ways you can successfully excel in both roles and find a balance that provides benefits for all parties involved.

The Huffington Post shared some helpful strategies to assist you in creating a feasible balance. These include the following:

  • Determine priorities: One of the most effective steps you can take is to reevaluate and determine your priorities. Perhaps there were things you considered important before your divorce that may not require as much attention now. Setting new priorities can also help you create a new routine which will benefit you and your children.
  • Utilize your spouse: Rather than view your ex as a hindrance or inconvenience, utilize his or her availability, willingness and skills in helping you raise your children and manage a schedule. Do your best to work amicably to determine co-parenting arrangements that will benefit your children and help you to maintain your sanity.
  • Be available: Do not fall into the trap of making work your number one responsibility. Try your best to be an attentive caregiver and as available as possible when your children need you. Doing so will not only build trust and strengthen the parent-child relationship, but it will benefit you in child custody proceedings.
  • Believe in yourself: You are managing a lot and chances are you are doing your very best. Try to recognize the things you are doing well. Avoid damaging behaviors and make the time to take adequate care of yourself.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.  

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