1. Career AND Family are COMPLEMENTARY rather than in conflict. Combining career with family forces balance. It allows you to bring freshness, energy and vigor to both worlds. The skills to be successful in the professional world are identical to those needed at home.
What do working mothers worry about the most? It’s the kids of course. Whatever the setting, the question I get asked the most is “Will the kids be alright?” It’s made me realize that we tend to look at the glass half-empty rather than half-filled when it comes to blending work and family. We forget about all the benefits that we bring to our children when we work – and I’m not talking about the obvious financial benefits, although these of course shouldn’t be taken for granted.
I was honoured to be interviewed for the FTs' Ten Questions series, check out the article here
What better time to think about looking after yourself as the Olympics nudge closer.
How can you escape thinking about your own fitness, when everywhere you turn someone is talking about the upcoming Games?
Just in case you missed the 5 part series on the film I Don’t Know How She Does It, here’s the recap:
Part 1: Sinking Superwoman, learning that OK is good enough
Part 2 : Supermanage your childcare
Part 3: Getting to grips with the guilt trip
Part 4: Work-life balance – is it a pipe dream for professional women
Part 5: Investing in your partner is good parenting
We often think that when the focus isn’t directly on our kids that somehow they are losing out. And if they’re old enough to talk, they’ll certainly tell you that that’s the case… When we’re at work and they’re at home, they lose out. When we’re out in the evening at seminar/night class and they’re at home, they’re missing out.
If you looked up to working mom Kate Redding as a role model, (Kate is played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the film I don’t know how she does it), I suspect you’d come to the conclusion that work-life balance is a pipe dream. Kate does a fantastic job taking on responsibility for everything and everyone, leaving little time to do anything for herself. Just watching the film tired me out! But does it have to be that way? Are there no alternatives if you decide on a career AND a family?
How can you possibly have a career and a personal life and not feel guilty that someone is getting short changed? Is it a no win situation which just can’t be resolved? Sorry for the cliche, but it’s actually a win-win situation.
Super Manage Your Childcare – My Top 3 Tips
In Part 1 of this series I talked about how you need to stop trying to be Superwoman – learn to let go (stop micromanaging!) and give others a chance to grow and develop both at home and at work. Let’s take a closer look at how this applies when it comes to looking after your kids.