Long before my daughter was born, I had already raised other babies — my businesses.
Building a business is a lot like raising a child. But after the birth of my daughter, I realized that raising a child and a business at once presents a whole new world of challenges. And if your spouse also works, it can be especially hard to find time to spend with each other or have a few moments alone.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from taking on dual parenting roles. But consider some of these lessons I’ve learned. And, since you never want to favor one over the other, here’s what has helped me distribute my attention equally.
1. Establish shared roles and responsibilities
For it to be as close to a well-oiled machine as possible — with a few squeaks here and there — it takes the work of a small army. However, in this case, my wife and I formed that army. We are in complete agreement in terms of who takes on what.
We use a scheduling and task app to keep track of everything. It doesn’t work if you just tell each other and nod in agreement. Let’s be honest, five minutes later I’ve already forgotten who needs to run errands and who is on top of the laundry. My head is in my business primarily so that app helps me remember what I promised to help with.