September, the beginning of a new school year – which for some of us will mean nothing more than the traffic getting worse again or that it’s the start of the countdown to Christmas. For others, who are working parents, it also signals recommencing the daily juggling act of work, home and school commitments.
Whilst the need to juggle commitments is far from being exclusive to working parents, when children are involved, it’s about much more than logistics. There’s an added element of emotions – seeing a child’s tears after telling them that you can’t drop them off on their first day back at school or that you’ll miss their school production, prize giving, or sports day is difficult. “I need to be in the office” just doesn’t cut it for a child. It’s the work/life integration that all people, not just parents have been trying to achieve for years.