Double-income households are now the norm with the rising cost of living and the desire to give only the best to your family. These days, it’s not unusual to see career women or women who are self-made entrepreneurs supervising the growth of their business overseeing their employees.
But the busyness of corporate life can also mean working mothers who need to do more and who could only wish to be at several places at a time. The guilt of not being able to spend time with their children can be unsettling, and even cause anxiety especially when you know that the kids are already home while you’re still at work.
Health, education, financial stability, quality time, and security are the foremost concerns among women trying to balance work and family life. How can that be achieved? Here are five ways:
1. Keep your family healthy
When you do your groceries, pick only healthy food and cut out the junk from your family’s diet. If you won’t be able to do the food shopping yourself, ask your household help to be particular about what to buy, and lean towards whole foods with high nutritional values. Should illnesses strike, make sure your medicine cabinet is well-stocked. For more serious symptoms, a trip to the doctor is a must. Health is, after all, wealth.
2. Put a premium on education
One day your kids will grow and live on their own. And what better way to have solid peace of mind than to give them the best education, one that is grounded on good values. Through education, you equip them with the necessary intellectual and emotional skills so they can face the world and its challenges. Education is something that your children can truly call their own, something no one can ever take away from them.
3. Buy only what you need and live within your means
Right now, your kids and their needs are the priority. Remember these words: Save and invest. You should be able to invest 20% of what you earn and let it grow. It's best not to splurge and put money in a trust fund for your children. Teach your family to do their bit and learn how to save. Start by giving children coin banks and letting them understand the value of every peso. Before you rush to that clearance sale, make sure that your family’s necessities -- food, shelter, clothing, and education -- are taken care of first.
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4. Spend time with your family
Kids grow up so fast and weekends spent with them is simply not enough. Thankfully, technology has given moms like you many options to stay connected with the family, allowing you now to check up on your children any time of the day. Make it a rule to give each other updates during lunch breaks via text, a private message on Facebook, or even a video call. If you have a toddler who can’t stop asking questions, carve time for her to satisfy her curiosity. In these technologically-advanced times, there’s no more excuse not to keep in touch and be part of your children’s formative years.
5. Stay connected with your loved ones - anytime, anywhere
Invest in gadgets and devices that will assist you in keeping in touch with your family. Never miss out on their milestones: your toddler uttering their first word, your teenager asking your opinion on the best gift for his first date, or your hubby's sweet thank you for cooking him his favorite adobo for his dinner before you went out to work.
You can do this whenever and wherever you are with the All-New FAM CAM, a home monitoring camera available via livestreaming that runs on your family-sized connection of PLDT HOME DSL. If you are on a PLDT HOME DSL Plan 1299 or up, you can get a FAM CAM for as low as P99/month on top of your current DSL plan, and you can stay worry-free. If you have a PLDT HOME Telpad, you can watch and easily control your FAM CAM with it – just connect your Telpad to your WiFi, which you can set up yourself!
This is an easy and inexpensive way to have peace of mind. Thanks to PLDT HOME DSL, it brings families closer and stay connected with the ones who truly matter to you.