In this day and age so many parents like myself seem to work shifts which are normally long hours and extremely tiresome. I have been a shift working parent for almost 10 years and making sure I maintain a healthy relationship with my children has always been top of the agenda. Here are 10 things only shift working parents will ever understand.
Ok, so you did not choose the perfect nine to five job. I work six days straight and the shifts can be quite exhausting at times. No matter what shifts you work as a parent you will most certainly understand the hi’s and lo’s listed below.
1 – A shift working parent will never really know if they are going to be able to make that one special event that means so much to their child. Booking the day off as a holiday can be stressful enough because half the time someone else has already taken the day you really required.
3 – Shift working parents generally leave their other half to deal with the kids on their own because so many nights per week you are working the dreaded night shifts, this often leaves you feeling a sense of guilt.
4 – Not being able to read that one special story, tuck them in or tell your children goodnight! Shift working parents may be out earning the money but have to sacrifice things that mean so much to them and their kids.
5 – Your shift rota can ruin Christmas. Shift working parents will either spend the day at work or may have been working Christmas eve itself. Either way, parents who work shifts spend the day trying to stay upbeat for their children, even if that means face timing them from work.
6 – Not being able to sleep through the day and especially through the holidays whilst the children play. Shift working parents often find themselves sleeping less so they get to see their children more often.
7 – You often find yourself feeling slightly upset when other parents are looking forward to their weekends. Other parents with nine to five jobs generally post their excitement on social media for all to see – this can cause you to feel like you should be doing something with your kids.
8 – Feeling slightly jealous that other families are having a nice time when their children are at home on a weekend. Shift working parents find themselves kissing their kids goodbye at some point over the weekend period.
9 – You feel like you have won a prize when everyone has the same day off in your family and you can spend quality together.
10 – Even though you prefer to have your children around. Shift working parents can plan and prep a little easier making sure their children have their lunch boxes ready, school clothes ironed and appointments booked on time.
That is it. If you have any further things you feel then please feel free to leave a comment below…