How Stressful Jobs Take a Toll on Your Family

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-10-22 Email

When you're a parent, having a very stressful job is a double-edged sword: There's the negative impact of non-stop work pressures on you, plus the consequences these pressures have on your kids. Unfortunately, this is happening far too often, as most children surveyed said their parents bring job stress home, according to a recent survey from Project: Time Off. The accompanying report, "The Work Martyr's Children," indicates that most parents are incapable of spending time at home with their families without tending to office-related matters. The fallout can be severe, as the majority of kids want their parents to be extremely involved in their lives. When a mom or dad misses an important activity, children remember the absence. Another troubling trend: More than one-fifth of families have gone more than a year since their last vacation together. "Parents are bringing work stress home and are not disconnecting from the office," according to the report. "While this harms American families today, the example parents are setting may have the unintended consequence of creating the next generation of work martyrs. Compounding matters is America's overall vacation decline. With millions of working parents admitting that it has been more than a year since their last family vacation, kids are missing out on time with their parents that they treasure most, and the memories that come with it." To lend insight about ways to make the most of time with your children (or other important kids in your life), we've included best practices from More than 750 children from 8 to 14 years of age took part in the Project: Time Off research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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