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February 20, 2013 | 4 minutes

How a Virtual Office Could Improve Your Parenting

virtual office solution better parentWho doesn’t want to be a better parent and to do what’s best for them? The issue isn’t motivation when it comes to improving your parenting, it’s that work can get in the way of having a healthy and/or fulfilling family life. Too often, parents are forced to choose between family and work. A virtual office can actually help with your work/life balance, allowing you to get what you need to done while being there for your kids in the capacity that you choose. Here’s how a virtual office solution could improve your parenting:

You’re Available for a Sick Child

Every parent wants to be there for his/her sick child, but it’s not that easy just to stay home from work or to take the day off. Eighty-one percent of parents have missed work to take care of a sick child and 58 percent have worried about losing pay or their job because of it. With a virtual office solution, you don’t have to send your child to school and spread the germs, and you don’t have to worry about spreading it at work either. It also allows you to tend to both work and family, especially if you have a spouse that can’t take the time off.

Attend Important Events

Almost half of parents have chosen to miss an important event in their kids’ life because of work, and almost 60% have said that they had to use paid time off or a sick day in order to attend. These important events can range from parent/teacher conferences to science fairs, from soccer games to dance recitals. They’re not just important because parents may be required to attend, or because there are only going to be so many science fairs and dance recitals in life, but because these events are also very important to our kids. A virtual office solution allows you to attend these events without taking the entire day off or without worrying that you are putting your job at risk.

Less Time with the Babysitter

Not saying that babysitter’s are horrible people, or that children hate the babysitter, but most parents would probably like to spend that time with their children instead of having someone else watch them. You never know what wonderful moments you could miss, and kids are only small once. A virtual office can make it easier to spend more time with children, or maybe to get work done from home on the weekends so children don’t have to go elsewhere. Besides, less time with the babysitter or at childcare means less money that parents have to spend. That’s always good news for any growing family.

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is not guaranteed in the United States, and many women worry that getting pregnant would risk their jobs or their careers. It may be unjust, and something that a virtual office can’t fix entirely, but it’s a start and it’s certainly more flexible than most other workplace options. Childcare is expensive, and no mother wants to be away from a new baby. A virtual office solution at least makes it a little bit easier to work when you can or even work with the baby in the room.

Parenting is one of the toughest things in the world, if not the toughest thing in the world. Why should work get in the way when there are ways to improve your parenting and your work/life balance? A virtual office solution can accomplish both, and help your family beyond putting food on the table and a roof over your head. It’s one of the personal benefits of a virtual office, alongside the flexible commuting and work options.

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