Career Chaos: How to Raise a Family While Climbing the Corporate Ladder
It’s a struggle that many of us face: running a household while running off to work. Sometimes the sheer volume of “stuff” that we have to accomplish – from leading a staff meeting to leading the Cub Scout troop – is just staggering.
Here are some tips to help you feel more in control:
- Empower your children to be independent. Let them choose their own healthy snacks, outfits and so forth. You won’t be sweating the small stuff, and they’ll be delighted with the “power’ that you’ve given them.
- Embrace your imperfections. So you didn’t serve a home-cooked meal tonight. Who cares? Serve your frozen lasagna with a smile.
- Focus on work while you’re at work and on home when you’re at home. Don’t worry about your emails, to do lists and pending meetings while you’re spending time with your kids. Likewise, don’t worry about your kids while you’re at work. You’ve left them in capable, loving care, so focus on your work and get it done so you can get home to them.
- Force yourself to disconnect. In today’s age of laptops, iPhones and Blackberries, you’re always accessible and “on the clock.” Learn that it’s OK to shut down all of your electronics to play board games (or help with homework, or go for a walk) with your kids.
- “Hire” your child as your assistant. Occasionally, I need to work while I’m home with my kids. They used to pout about it until I hired them to help me. I give them special projects, like filling the paper tray on my printer, sharpening my pencils and even (supervised) paper shredding. They also enjoy doing “paperwork” (coloring or workbooks) at their desks, while I work at mine.
How do you successfully manage your work and home responsibilities?