Araba is a single mother with two girls: 6 and 8 years respectively. She works at the bank and is rising fast through the ranks because of her hard work. Recently however, her children seem withdrawn and she finds it difficult to have meaningful conversations with them. She has noticed that their school performance is also becoming poorer although she has hired after- school teachers for both. She hardly has time for herself and is always tired by the time she gets home, yet she knows her children need her time and availability. As a family Studies Professional, discuss Araba’s situation in the context of work-family conflict and show how she can resolve this issue
Work-family conflict arises when incompatible demands are experienced by an individual between family and work making it difficult for one to attend to both demands. For Araba's case, her professional life at the bank has put too much demands on her to a point she has no time for her two daughters who still need her. It is as a result of this that it has led them to be withdrawn. Araba needs to plan her time accordingly in order to ensure that she continues to excel at the workplace as well as have time for her family since she is a single mother. She can even inform and explain to her boss at the workplace that her two children need her and discuss ways in which time can be created.