Being a parent is hard. Being an entrepreneur is hard. Trying to do both at once? That’s the stuff of legends.
But here’s the thing: if you’re reading this, you’re probably ready to make it happen. You want to be the best parent and businessperson you can be, and we believe in your ability to do both. So let us tell you how.
- Embrace the struggle
It’s okay that things aren’t going perfectly—and they never will be! But here’s what matters: how you respond when things go wrong, and what you do to move forward when they do. If you embrace the struggle of being a parent AND an entrepreneur, it’ll be easier to find solutions; after all, there are no solutions without problems!
- Make your kids your partners
Children are great at coming up with ideas, but they don’t always know how to execute them. Let them help you brainstorm and brainstorm with them, then put their ideas into action!
- Don’t allow yourself (or anyone else) to feel guilty about not accomplishing everything all at once
It’s okay not to have it all figured out right away! It’s okay if things don’t go according to plan; just keep trying until they do!
- Set aside time for yourself
When you’re an entrepreneur, it can be hard to find time for yourself. But it’s important to do this—it’s not just good for your mental health, it’s good for your work as well. If you’re too tired or frustrated, you’ll make mistakes that could cost you money or your reputation. So take some time away from your business, and try some of these:
- Go for a walk
- Read a book
- Watch a movie
- Get your nails done
- Take a nap
- Know when to let go
One of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur is knowing when to let go of an idea or project. You get so invested in it, and you want it to succeed so much that you don’t know when to walk away from it. As a parent, you can make the same mistake with your kids. Don’t try to force your kids into doing things that they don’t want to do, or pushing them too hard on something they aren’t interested in. Let them find their own way and encourage them in whatever they choose to pursue as long as it’s safe and legal—that’s when you’ll see your child shine!
Remember that your kids are watching what you do—so be kind, be generous with your time and energy… and always remember that the most important thing is doing your best!