Does your family always come first? Well this can be a tricky question. Juggling your professional life and your family life can be quite a balancing act. Many of you who read this article will start thinking straight away where you stand and where your family stands. The answer to this, you should know by now.
If like many you're just trying to make ends meet or have all the luxuries you need but still looking to up your standard then you have to stop and think if all of that is worth the effort. Stop for a moment and think, why are you trying to make ends meet? Why are you trying to up your standard? Is it just for you or for your entire family? Well if the answer is your family it's good. But do you know the wants and the needs of your family?
The best way to know what your family need is to ask them. You might have thought that you know exactly what they need, but you might be surprised with the response you get.
How many times did you have to cancel a family dinner or outing because you had to work late? How many times did you cancel a family trip because you just could not get time off work? How many times has your family come second to other things in life? Don't get me wrong, having commitment towards your work is vital and you should have a personal life of your own too, but does your work over shadow your family.
There are other situations where family tends to take second place. I'm not trying to push you away from the other things that you do and put the "family" as a barrier. What I'm trying to say is that does your family come first when they need you the most? Are you there for them when they need you? Are you at least keeping tabs on your family member as to what they are doing and whether they are happy or not? There are the times when family should come first, when they need you the most.
Having at least one meal a day with your entire family is very important. You get to talk and have fun with you family and at the same time you get to know what your family members are doing and may be how you can help them out. Try to spend some quality time with your family whenever you can. This will help take the stress off work and society and you will have fun while doing it.
If you have younger siblings or if you're married and have children then it is vital that you have a good strong bond with them. Help them out whenever you can and just talk to them. The younger generation tends to look up to others who are elder to them so be there when they need you. Put them first when they need it.
Humans are social beings and family tends to be a very important part of every individuals life. They help make what you are, so give them back something when they need it the most.