Balancing Work and Family
we struggle to meet the demands of both our jobs and
our families. We want to do well at work, but we also
want to give our children the time and attention they
When we come home tired, routines can help us manage
our stress. So try to keep to routines for meals, after-dinner
activities and bedtimes. Plan ahead for possible problems
with child care or transportation or when you or your
child is sick. Find out about your benefits at work,
so that you’ll know your choices if you do have
Jerry says, “I’m
working weekends right now, so I take care of
Matthew during the week while my wife works.”
Benefits for Working Parents
- Most employees can use
up to half of their own sick leave to care for a sick
child, parent, spouse or domestic partner.
- You may be able to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid
Family Medical Leave if you have a baby, adopt a child,
become a foster parent, have a health problem or need
to care for an ill family member. Call Legal Aid Society
or visit www.las-elc.org.
- You may be able to take up to 40 hours a year
to attend your children’s school activities—such
as field trips, parent- teacher conferences and graduations.
Call Legal Aid Society or visit www.las-elc.org.
- You may qualify for up to 16 weeks of State
Disability Insurance (SDI) while you’re on maternity
leave. Talk to your employer or call State Disability
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Carmen is working from home so
she can take care of her son, Carlos, while he is sick.
Further Your Career
- Join a job club for support and networking.
- Interview people who have the kind of job you
- One-Stop Career Centers offer career counseling,
job training and literacy classes. They can help you
make a résumé and practice for interviews.
Call Employment or America’s Workforce Helpline.
- If you have a disability, call Disability Services.