How do you manage work/life balance?

Samantha - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I work from a home-based office and while I am happy to have more time with family I have to say that I am always in search of the ever-elusive work/life balance. I joke that my family has that but that I'm the one running myself ragged - and we only have one 9-year-old so far!

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Heidi - posted on 05/12/2010

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Well I work from home so life is much easier for us. I don a majority of the cooking(hubby cooks on Sundays) I do the laundry and we share the household chores. Our boys each hav chores as well. One of our sons plays basketball and the youngest will start soccer soon and the oldest is 19 and has a full time job. We eat dinner together every night except when hubby is on afternoons then its just me and the 3 boys. Life does get hectic, but take it in stride and make sure you take time for yourself and your husband its important.

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Hubby works full time, I work part time evenings. When he comes home, I go to work. I've had to become super organized and don't sweat the small stuff (the dishes may set in the sink for a couple of days before they get done). I make a 2 week plan for meals so I know exactly what we're having each night and I make supper while my son naps, also do what little chores I can fit in. Hubby helps out where he can. But we share the same opinion when it comes to our son,' the dusting can wait, let's go to the park!'

Gwen - posted on 05/12/2010

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Being a working, single mom has caused me to evaluate my priorities. My house may not be as spotless as it once was, but I'd rather spend free time with my daughter than cleaning up the dirty dishes. I usually leave those things until she's gone to bed. I also don't believe in over-scheduling. I don't schedule anything on more than 2 weeknights. It's okay to set limits too. There are lots of parents who only allow their kids to choose 1 activitiy at a time (soccer, ballet, art class, etc.). Also, a 9 year old is totally capable of helping out around the house with dishes, dusting, folding laundry--and so on. You, your husband, and your child should all be sharing the responsibility.

Sharon - posted on 05/11/2010

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My husband picks up the slack.



We coordinate our schedules, we have a back up plan in case of us can't be home for the kids.



In general my hours are only during school hours. I am supposed to only work one day every other weekend, except we've been short on qualified staff at work so I had been working 6 days a week for 3 weeks nearly.



We make it to the track meets, field trips, school carnival... its been a blast. We have 3 kids, 14 yrs, 10 yrs, & 7yrs.



although once the 3x's soccer schedule kicks in, it may get a little crazier.

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