Tips for working parents

How to adapt to become a working parent.

Taking up employment as a parent has its own unique challenges.

1. Calculate additional costs

Don't forget about new expenses like travel, lunch and equipment.

2. Manage your time

Work out your travel time to and from work – including droping off and picking up children.

3. Check if you get benefits

Are you eligible for Child Benefit or other types of benefit? Citizens Advice provides online help.

4. Reduce your outgoings

Review your utilities (gas, water and electric) and other outgoings. Use comparison and switching sites to get the best deals. Find out about home energy grants.

5. Look after your wellbeing

Talk to friends, family and other parents. Go on forums for parents like Gingerbread and Mumsnet

Give yourself small treats like scented baths, and do things you enjoy.

Use exercise, meditation or mindfulness to help you deal with everyday challenges.

6. Tackle the guilt that many working parents experience

You won’t be able to be there all the time. But you can plan routines with your child to make your time even more special.

Working is going to

  • Benefit your mental health.
  • Improve your self esteem.
  • Help widen your social circle.
  • Give you more financial independence and security. 

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