Being Dad Sport

Sports stars speak out about juggling work and parenthood

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Dove Men+Care sheds light on how professional rugby players balance their career and parenting.

The Dove Men+Care line is more than just health and beauty products. This brand has taken the topic of parental guilt and allowed players the chance to speak out about it.

Experiencing parental guilt is very common among parents. Balancing working with being a parent can be very tricky — but you’re not alone. Professional rugby players such as Scotland’s Stuart Hogg experiences the same feelings…

This is just one of seven videos in the Dove Men+Care film. Watch the rest of the series here.

Balancing parenting and work-life

But you don’t have to be a famous rugby player to understand that working and being a full time parent is a struggle. Meeting the demands of a full-time job and then coming home and giving your all to your little ones can be overwhelming.

Here are some quick tips to help you manage the work-life balance…

Be easy on yourself

We have a tendency to be very hard on ourselves. Always questioning if we are doing enough, or spending enough time, or anything else. But be easy on yourself. Know that you are doing an amazing job. Additionally be confident in the parent that you are.

Make a schedule

Create a special event each week that is all about you and your family. For example, maybe every Saturday the entire family watches a movie together. Or one day a week is for spending an hour doing an art project with your little one. Having a set date with your family is going to help everyone come together no matter how busy our schedules become.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

All parents at some point feel overwhelmed. This is completely normal. When you are feeling like this keep in mind that it is okay to ask for help. With more outlets becoming available especially for dads, there is always someone and somewhere to turn towards. For example, Dad La Soul is a parenting group for dads, while Dadapp and DadAF offer community forums, parenting tips and even show other dads in your area with similar interests.