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Balancing Work and Family Life

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Kristin Lauria, Director of Education for Primrose School of Christopher Robin.

As parents, it can be challenging to balance family needs with work and countless other demands. Typical family schedules are already packed full of activities, appointments and responsibilities.

When you pair these demands with a career, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and overscheduled. So, how can you balance work, family and everything in between? Start with these tips and gain control of your busy schedule for yourself and your family.

Find trusted, quality childcare.
Mom guilt is a common working mother complaint. While high-quality childcare alone is not a solution, a parent can find comfort in the fact that their child is in a safe, happy and nurturing environment. When you choose a school that adheres to the highest of standards, you and your children will reap the rewards.

Get organized.
Even if it doesn’t come naturally, establish routines to help you organize and plan your day. Not having to think about what comes next will make all the difference in the world. From laying out your child’s clothing the night before to keeping a family calendar so that everyone’s activities and schedules are in one place – pre-planning will help keep everyone on track.

Start planning your meals.
If you find yourself consistently worrying about what to serve for dinner at 5 p.m. after a long day of work, you are more likely to stop at a drive-through or serve a less- than-nutritious dinner. Taking time to plan meals and shop for ingredients in advance will allow you to enjoy dinner together as a family, rather than worrying about what to put on the table.

Schedule “fun time” for the family.
Consider adding things like weekend trips to the park, quality time together at home or a game night to your family calendar. It may seem silly to schedule family time, but with hectic schedules, it is often the best way to ensure you make time for family fun!

Be present.
Time with your family is precious; so make a conscious effort to be present in the moment. Avoid distractions like emails, phone calls and the television when you are together. It’s all about the quality time.

Make “me” time.
Balancing the needs of family, work and other demands can be a struggle, and oftentimes the last things to get scratched off the to-do list are the activities centered on you. What a lot of parents don’t realize is quality “me” time can translate to a happier family and a happier you. Take the time to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of others.

About The Author

Primrose School of Christopher RobinKristin Lauria is the mother of two young children living in the Forsyth County community. As the Director of Education atPrimrose School of Christopher Robin, Mrs. Lauria is responsible for curriculum implementation and the professional development of the teachers and the staff.

With a degree in Early Childhood education and her passion and commitment to education, she ensures that the children in her school are safe, happy and learning each day.

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