Balancing Work, Family and Yourself

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It can be very difficult as a parent to balance career, family, and yourself.   You want to come up with creative approaches that help you to enjoy the multiple roles you have.  You will be surprised, that you already do most of these skills on a daily basis.  You organize, set limits, delegate, plan and communicate.  These skills can be applied to home, work, and with your children.  Here are some tips to help you get there. 

Tips to balance you, family, and work

1. Don’t try to do everything yourself.  Develop a network or team of people you can rely on.  Neighbors, family, friends, and people your children go to school with.  This will elevate running from work, getting to a game, or missing the bus.  This is your back up plan.  The boss ask you to stay late.  Call Mary, Bob, or Judy, can you get the girls to the game today?

2. Enroll your child in a reliable early learning center.  This will give you piece of mind and less hustle and bustle to rush.  This helps when you can get to work on time and leave at a reasonable time without worrying who will get your child off the bus.

3. Let go of the guilt.  When you can’t accomplish a task or when things change beyond your control.  This is what happens to everyday people.  Don’t let it get the best of you.  This can bring you down and also take over your emotional energy.   Let it go and move on.  Look at what you can do next time but don’t dwell on it.

4. It is ok if you are not superwomen or superman.   You need to step back and take five for yourself.  This will not only help you to recharge, but this will also benefit your family and work.  It is ok to say no when your plate is full, it makes a better you when you don’t overload and helps you to balance better.

5. Get organized not just at work or home but all the way around.  Put up a calendar with events at home, things for work, bills, games etc.  When we overload we tend to forget.  When we finish a task we feel accomplished and not bogged down.  Organized will help tremendously.

6. Regularly notice what is happen around you and the world outside.  Don’t put friends aside, go for lunch, pedicure, or a massage once a month.  Put the time aside.  Go outside and smell the air, go for a walk reconnect with you.  A healthier mom/dad is a productive one.  When you set your calendar up put on it me time, or spending time with friends. 

7. Set limits- These are my hours for work, this is what I need to get done in X hours or days.  This is my family, at a certain time of the evening work gets put away and family begins.  Set aside weekends for family, unless your job requires you to work weekends. And lastly take vacations, whether it is for a weekend, a week or a day. We need to step back and relax, we need to keep our life organized so we stay healthy and enjoy the moments that will pass so quickly. 

You only get one shot at today, once today is gone you cannot get it back.

 

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Early Childhood education from the University of RI.   Besides overseeing sites she has also managed successful fundraisers including golf tournaments, developed and given countless training sessions, and served on boards and committees.  Tracy is currently one of the faces of The Children’s Workshop appearing on segments of “The Modern Parent” on Fox Providence’s morning television show, The Rhode Show.  In her role, Tracy enjoys most supporting and helping the staff, families, and children she works with every day. When she is not working, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children.