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...
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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
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...
Keeping your family on track can be a full-time job. Whether you've got young tikes or older tweens, managing schedules is a constant, evolving process. The key to successful organization is communication....
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...
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...
This calendar takes the term "Family Planning" to a different level! Dad is traveling Monday to Wednesday. Mom has a work dinner on Tuesday. Kids have soccer practice, music lessons and...
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...
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
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...
Whether you work because you choose to or because you need to, maintaining your career adds an extra layer to your life as a parent. It can be rewarding, challenging and even funny.Here are 10 truths that...
Work-life balance: Does it really exist? Some days, the idea of finding balance is downright laughable. How do you possibly perform at work and engage at home without burning out? It's doable, says...
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...
As a working mom, you know just how hard it can be to separate the "mom you" and the "working you" -- and that's normal. Those mama-bear instincts you developed when your child was born don't just disappear...
Every mother is a working mother: we've all heard the saying. And it's true. Whether or not you're bringing in an actual paycheck, parenting is a job all on its own.But there are certain things...
Your kids are at school, and you're at work. Then the phone rings. It's the school. The school nurse is letting you know that your little one has a fever -- and that you should come pick her...
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...
It's 5 p.m. and your work is almost complete. But without an ounce of guilt, you shut your computer, grab your purse and head out the door -- right? Samantha Ettus, a work-life balance expert and...
While maternity leave is a common topic in the news, dads and paternity leave often get passed aside. But more and more men are starting to look at this leave as valuable time that can benefit their family...
There are tons of things to stress about as a parent, but should going to work be one of them? Though being a working mother isn't right for every family, there's no reason to feel guilty for continuing...
Whether you're gone for a night or a week, it's never easy to be away from your children. But your job calls, and sometimes work travel is necessary. Whether it's a weekly occurrence or an annual trip,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
As the end of your maternity leave is in sight, you're facing the reality of having to pump at the office. Until now, you've been breastfeeding your precious baby several times a day, and you want to ensure...
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...
Is your partner expecting? Congratulations! Have you started thinking about how you both are going to handle leave from work? You may have looked into the things to do before maternity leave, but what...
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 friends, nannies,...
You're about to head out the door for another day at the office when you hear your little one burst into tears behind you. Your maternal instincts kick in because you never want to see your baby upset....
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...
How Companies Are Helping 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...
During President Obama's 2014 State of the Union Address, he said that "when women succeed, America succeeds." So why does this country still have antiquated maternity leave policies? Despite being a world...
Studies show how important it is for dads and new babies to bond, but many new fathers get the short stick when it comes to time off after a birth.In the United States, new parents in companies with more...
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...
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...
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...
When you welcome a new baby into your life, your career might play second fiddle for a while. But whether you're returning to work or never left the workforce, you want a job that fits your new...
Working from Home
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...
With a little work, you can achieve work-life balance when working from home.
As the coffee brews and the laptop hums, you're ready to begin another day as a work-at-home mom. The flexibility of working from home is great, but when the baby cries in the middle of your conference...
Working from home may sound like a dream. You can ditch the corporate attire and brown-bag lunches when your office is right down the hall. If you're already working outside the home, you may hope an at-home...
Job Hunting Tips for Parents
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 Jobs," "the...
Your No. 1 job will never change -- you'll always be a mom. When you're ready to get back to work at the office, though, it's hard to know where to start. Whether you want a new career after...
As a working mom, you bounce from one job to another -- home, work, home, possibly work again. Your teams include established colleagues, CEOs -- and munchkins. And with all the demands you face, a job...
You've already made one tough decision: You're going back to work after becoming a mom. But will a part-time or full-time job be best for you and your family? Take the stress out of this decision by checking...
You've put almost as much time and effort into your career as you have into your family -- why shouldn't you want to continue working after your baby arrives? "Having a child is a part of life and should...
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...
Let's start with the fact that Moms can do any job they want. Construction workers. Astronauts. Anything. But when the goal is to work part-time, the jobs might be harder to find. While finding the right...
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...
Your maternity leave is drawing to a close, and you're faced with a tough decision. Do you go back to work or stay at home with your baby? For months, you've dreaded this moment. You've considered the...
Feeling guilty about having "you time" away from your kids is perfectly natural. Heading to work, going to the gym or simply finding a quiet moment each week means leaving your child in the care...
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...
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