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Working parents face challenges balancing jobs, kids

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

We are about six months into the pandemic, and many parents have had to balance being a full-time worker and a parent. The stress can take its toll.

"To be a full time worker, to be a spouse, to be a teacher at the same time, it's a lot. It's a lot to juggle," Carlos Perez, a licensed professional counselor and chair of the department of psychology and counseling at Lubbock Christian University.

For parents who are keeping their kids at home this school year, Perez said it is important to for them to give themselves space sometimes.

"We can't be everything for everyone, so to give yourself space I think is so important," Perez said. "Whatever that looks like, a walk, working out, meditating, yoga, being outside, whatever gives you a little break from the responsibilities and pressures that come with the multilayer responsibility."

A study by Paychex found more than half of employees are afraid to discuss their mental health with their supervisors. Perez said he fears people are starting to feel ashamed of their struggles, but it is best to speak up if one needs help. For supervisors, he said a little caring can go a long way.

"Employees need to feel cared for, especially during this time. If it's stressful, if it's a struggle, employees need to feel cared for by their employers," Perez said. "For supervisors and bosses, they need to have that in their everyday conversation. 'How are you doing?'...'What can i do for you?'"

He also urges parents to have the right priorities. He said there is no way to know what the fall semester will look like, and that is why flexibility is key. He also said talk to someone you trust if you are having a tough time.

"At the end of the day, we need to be OK with things not being done. So, when I say prioritize, I mean do what you have to do during the day. Be your child's teacher and work full time, but at the same time, be OK with things not getting done," Perez said.

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