Work-Life Balance Advice

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Advice from CEOs, career coaches and working parents on creating priorities, being a successful working parent and managing time and guilt.
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I tend to be a person bound by guilt and obligation, and there's no better experience than parenting to force you to work on getting over the guilt. My early separation guilt is best epitomized by...
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Do you feel busier than you've ever been before?  Do you have more to do than ever with less time to do it?  Do you wonder if you can keep up the pace much longer?  Are you overbooked and about to...
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Whether you work by choice or out of necessity, send your child to day care or hire a nanny --every working mom needs to do what's right for her, learning as she goes. We talked to five working moms...
How to Organize Your Life and Child Care
Everyone needs an extra set of hands sometimes. Whether it's planning a party or unpacking boxes after a move, having someone to help you can make any job a little easier. Here are 101 tasks you can hire...
You love your kids, you really do. But they're always there! Sometimes you just need a few moments to yourself. What would you do if you had an entire hour of child-free time? (Can you even imagine such...
If only a day was 48 hours long! Pediatrician appointments scheduled for five minutes after the school bell rings, science projects that require blue (not purple) construction paper and demanding clients...
"Everyone in the family, the moving company, and the neighbors tried to help get our king-sized bed up the stairs," recalls Bonnie Hoffman, a West Hartford, Conn. mother of two, who has moved...
When people talk about New Year's resolutions, you often hear about things like losing weight or saving money. (Yawn!) While these stereotypes are great things to shoot for, why don't you start off the...
For those who don't spend all day, every day with their kids, the job of a stay-at-home mother can be mysterious. Jacquelin, from Mesa, Ariz., says even her husband doesn't understand why it's...
Behind every strong working mother, there's a village. Whether you count on your babysitter for carpool, your neighbor for a night out or even your stay-at-home mom friends for sick days, Care.com...
Do you feel busier than you've ever been before?  Do you have more to do than ever with less time to do it?  Do you wonder if you can keep up the pace much longer?  Are you overbooked and about to...
Dads today are trading the briefcase for the diaper bag. The after-work martini with the guys is replaced with doling out juice boxes to a gaggle of kids at the playground. You might even find today's...
You might relate to some of these moms. They're busy, over-worked at home -- and often, at work. They love their kids, but lose their cool sometimes. And they have created "villages" of...
Being a CEO isn't easy. Let alone a Household CEO. The nanny, babysitter, tutor, house cleaner and dog walker keep your life in order -- but someone needs to keep them straight as well. Who's...
You know that to-do list you've been avoiding for weeks? The one that keeps you up at night and prevents you from spending time with your family? Imagine if you could get it all done -- this weekend! While...
Day in and day out, we plunge ourselves into a mad rush of activity, and the resulting brain overload has led to the point where our entire society is suffering from attention deficit. Attention is as...
When Salt Lake City, Utah mom Amber Dixon talks about finding child care for school vacations, she sums it up quickly: "Sometimes, we just scramble." When her son reached school age, Dixon and...
As a parent, you wear many hats when it comes to organizing your family. You want to make sure everyone can contribute to planning weekend activities and what goes on the grocery list, but a "family...
Resources for Working Parents
When you accept a job offer, things like salary, vacation time and health benefits are paramount. As time goes on, other, less obvious, perks may take on greater significance. As your life changes, so...
Lori Hick Mercer, a working mom of four, thought she was telling her neighbor how blessed she felt to have a flexible job that allowed her to get home by 4 p.m. most days and work from home on Fridays,...
What's on your benefits wish list? That inventory of things you keep in your head of all the ways your life could be easier -- and how your company could help. It's time to share that list with...
Working from home is no walk in the park. It takes serious organization and discipline, especially if you have kids, pets, or dirty dishes! Take Christine Perkett of Marshfield, Ma. She's been telecommuting...
If you're looking to make some extra cash, a part-time job may be the answer. But where should you start? Not all part-time jobs are the same. According to Abigail R. Gehring, author of "Odd...
Whether you work by choice or out of necessity, send your child to day care or hire a nanny --every working mom needs to do what's right for her, learning as she goes. We talked to five working moms...
Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a beloved pet will tell you the same thing, the wisdom of the ages seems to be reflected in that loving gaze. The animals in our lives can teach us so much...
For new moms, returning to work can be complicated. They're excited to get back to their jobs, but might be struggling with leaving their baby or getting used to child care. Companies are realizing that...
Does motherhood mean giving up your professional goals? That depends. We talked to four career coaches for their insight on what is and isn't possible-plus, some time-saving tips for keeping both...
Your child has strep, but you have a huge presentation and your husband has a big meeting. Before you know it, the same old "who stays home argument" crops up again. Working couples juggle so...
The weekend should be a time to recharge, rest and enjoy time loved ones. But as anyone knows, that's often easier said than done. Saturday and Sunday are often seen as the time to get things done...
So you want to bring your dog to work? You want someone to massage away your tension? You wish you had a mentor "buddy" to get your career to the next level? Believe it or not, some companies...
At Care.com, founder and CEO Sheila Marcelo is considered a role model: She started the company while raising two young boys, Ryan and Adam. Five years and two office expansions later, it employs more...
Being a mother is the hardest job you can have, but being a working mother, particularly in today's society, is that much harder. Trisha Parker is the owner of Peaceful Solutions Massage Therapy...
Peek through any office doorway and you're bound to see harried workers, lightly sheened with sweat and striving to do it all. These multitasking folks seem capable of answering emails and writing reports,...
Consider this situation: You have a good job with decent benefits, but you just received an offer from another company for a lateral move with the same base pay. But this new company has amazing benefits...
If you're like most workers, there are some things you just don't want your company to know. But the unexpected happens all the time and employees should have an idea of what to do. We asked...
Do you seem to spend your entire day juggling the demands of your family with those of your job? You're not alone. The majority of today's workforce is made up of parents. Forward-thinking employers...
Just because you can't spend every minute with your children doesn't make you a bad parent. But all moms and dads like to keep in touch with their children's nanny throughout the day or come...
The day you find out you're pregnant may be the best day of your life. Then you get the joy of sharing the exciting news with the people in your life: your partner, your parents, your family, your friends...and...
Jen Jamar, a business analyst in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, had planned on breastfeeding long before her son, Levi, was born. But like lots of new mothers, she never actually thought about the logistics."I...
Maternity leave can fly by so quickly, leaving moms feeling like they've only just started getting into a groove when they have to stop -- and start a whole new routine as a working parent. Not to...
What would your kid say?
Mom Guilt
I tend to be a person bound by guilt and obligation, and there's no better experience than parenting to force you to work on getting over the guilt. My early separation guilt is best epitomized by...
Everything in moderation: this simple motto works for just about any little indulgence. And believe it or not, it also works for letting yourself off the hook as a mom. We can't do it all, and the...
Tips for HR Departments
Once the dust has cleared from holiday parties and vacations, January is a quiet time for most human resources departments. Budgets have long been decided, performance reviews have finished and benefits...
The dawn of the new year brings a clean slate and a new chance to assess what your company should invest time and money in this year. With an improving economy leading to more choices for employees, companies...
We’ve all heard of the great perks some companies offer to keep their employees happy. Free gourmet lunches, afternoon massages or summer Fridays can certainly make employees feel great about their...
Being a working parent is never easy. Juggling kids' schedules and work demands is tough enough when two partners are contributing, but when you're the only parent in the house, your job is that much harder....
When Jennifer Barbin thought about returning to work after her maternity leave, she wondered how she would manage to do it all. “My HR department was progressive and said, ‘What if you take...
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