Introduction

Introduction
It’s hard to balance work and family when you have a non-standard work schedule, a sick child or no family close by. The same is true if you’re a single parent, in school or self-employed. How do people do it? Some parents tell us their stories.

It’s hard to balance work and family when you have a non-standard work schedule, a sick child or no family close by. The same is true if you’re a single parent, in school or self-employed. How do people do it? Some parents tell us their stories.

A survey conducted last spring for Naître et grandir showed that 72% of parents feel guilty when they put their work ahead of their families. Among them, 45% said they have a hard time reconciling their professional and family responsibilities. The survey also revealed that 59% of parents find that their jobs take up time they could be spending with their families. There’s no doubt, then, that family-work reconciliation remains a daily concern and a major challenge for everyone. It is, however, possible to achieve a balance. Experts and six families living in different situations share their secrets to organizing their daily lives.

Statistics presented in this feature come from a study conducted by Léger in spring 2014 for Naître et grandir among Quebec parents with children between zero and six years old. The complete study results can be found at www.quebecfamille.org.