Sometimes it’s interesting to read how other dads are coping with work-life balance. Here’s a story from a girl from Bangladesh. Although her father works long hours, he still manages to be there when he’s needed.
My father is an employee of a multi-national company, and he's always busy at work. He even has his lunch in his office. Dad's regular working day starts at 8 am and ends at 8 pm.
In Bangladesh, office hours are generally from 8 am to 8 pm, or 8 am to 10 pm. When my father comes home, he's usually exhausted and so can't give me that much thought.
In the mornings my father drops me off at school and later my mom would bring me back home. My mom is a housewife and always busy with household work.
In Bangladesh, it's quite common for 8-year-olds to walk by themselves to school and later back home though.
In my country schools are usually well decorated six-story buildings. My school has a well-decorated garden, playground and trees surround all this. I love my school because teachers are good and they teach in a friendly manner. At the tiffin time, we play games and enjoy our time. For me, every day in my school is unique.
In Bangladesh, we usually have big birthday parties. We invite our friends, relatives and our neighbors to our homes to celebrate this special day. For a child like me, it's one of the most important days of the year.
I thought my father wouldn't come to my birthday as he sent me a gift box with birthday wishes. It's the only day I really would need him beside me though. My mother explained that he was having an important meeting in his office and just could not get out of it. I tried to make a brave face.
I was feeling especially sad by the time I was supposed to cut the cake. Everyone was encouraging me to do it, and I felt tears filling my eyes.
It was precisely then when my father ran in to save the day for me. I ran to him and grabbed him. I told him that this was my biggest gift, that he had been able to come to my birthday party. I wasn't lying.