Fifty-six percent of working mothers and half of working fathers say they struggle to find the right balance between their job and their family life, according to a Pew Research Center study.
“At Primrose School of Lake Mary Heathrow, we see parent guilt on a daily basis,” says Sabrina Boesch, the school’s owner. “But we also see children who are deeply and positively impacted by the influence of loving, hardworking parents.”
And Primrose is dedicated to letting those parents know they’re doing a great job by encouraging them to let guilt go.
“During National Working Parents Day, we celebrate the parents at our school by providing grab-and-go treats decorated by our children and beautifying the school with encouraging messages,” Sabrina says. “Our parents confidentially submit, on paper, the feelings that are weighing them down, and our students gently fold them into beautiful origami swans, which decorate our hallways and symbolize letting their feelings of guilt go. Primrose is committed to acknowledging the great work parents do every day, and we hope this experience gives moms and dads a moment to feel pride and appreciation for everything they do to care for and support their families.”
When it comes to family time, Sabrina believes the old adage quality over quantity rings true.
“Despite the natural tendency of mothers to place pressure on themselves to spend more time with their children, the quality of time spent with their little ones has a greater effect on child development,” says Sabrina. “Parents who invest quality time with their children by reading together, sharing meals, or talking one-on-one generally see more successful behavioral, emotional, and academic outcomes in their little ones later in life.”
To that end, Sabrina recommends the following tips:
• Unplug in the evening: Turn off mobile devices and take a walk, read a book, or dance to fun music.
• Take part in pretend play: Engage and listen as the kids lead the fun in their imaginary play world.
• Give back to others: Getting children involved in charitable opportunities at an early age is a meaningful way to spend quality time together and nurture gratitude, sharing, and generosity.
“Our Primrose parents are real-life superheroes!” says Sabrina. “We’re so thankful for all they do for their children, and we are so honored to support them.”