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Balancing Your Work, Family and Social Life
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by Gene Griessman, PhD

Many of us have an image of personal balance as a set of scales in perfect balance every day. But that’s an unrealistic goal. You are in for a lot of frustration if you try to allocate within every day a predetermined portion of time for work, family and your social life. An illness may upset all your plans. A business project may demand peaks of intense work, followed by valleys of slow time.

Balance requires continual adjustments, like an acrobat on a high wire who constantly shifts his weight to the right and to the left. By focusing on four main areas of your life – emotional/spiritual needs, relationships, intellectual needs and physical needs – at work and away from work, you can begin to walk the high wire safely.

Here, drawn from my conversations with many high successful Americans, are ten ideas for balancing all aspects of your life:

 


 

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I'm a loving mother of two beautiful boys, a one year old and a three year old.  While I had the opportunity to stay at home after the birth of the first  one, I rushed back to work after the second one.  Yes, we needed the money, but even more so my heart needed it.  My sanity required it.  I am the type of person who thrives on social interaction.  Yes, snuggling my babies and kissing their beautiful cheeks are a joy to me.  I still could not  wrap my head around the whys of my need to be out and about making money.  Shouldn't I want to be home with my young children?  Is it my Jamaican culture?  Am I unbalanced?  And then I realized it!  Balancedness (it's a word today) is exactly what I craved.  I just could not get that  balance watching Mr. Noodle's intelligent to Elmo's hard pressing questions.  Even now, I haven't perfected the exact mix every driven day, but I am more self confident which makes me a more able parent.  I love this life.  The best of both worlds.  Even moreso now that I'm the sole provider and my husband stays home with the children enabling me to work peacefully.  I can't say that a twinge of mommy guilt doesn't pang every morning I creep out of the house so that I don't hear my children begging me to stay...but I do know that I wouldn't trade the warm reception that I get every day I get home from work.
So, if you have a similar or different working mom path, come on in.  This is for you.
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