Monthly Archives: March 2017

Conquering the morning routine – How to stop the battle of the wills: working parent versus child

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Who knew (pre-kids) it could be so challenging getting ready and out the door in the morning? Or how long a dinner, bath and bed routine could take? Or the patience required when a child is learning to read when there’s a pile of reports needing to be read?

Life as a working parent can sometimes feel like a full throttle, never ending merry-go-round that whittles away any sense of self – from the moment those tiny fingers pierce open your eyelids at 5am all the way to the end of the day when they’re calling out for another toilet stop… after the half hour it’s already taken to say goodnight.

Whilst there is a sense of achievement from balancing work with family plus the many joys of being a parent (much to appreciate here) it’s a good idea to take stock every now and then to look at what’s really working for you and your family on a day-to-day basis. Some questions you might like to ask are:

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Taking work-life balance to the next level (and how gender appreciation can get us there)

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Sometimes it feels like a hard slog uphill on the search for work-life balance in our lives. Some days, we might see work-life balance as a cruel myth – presenting like a dangling carrot in front of the pram (or spreadsheet) promising some form of enlightened bliss… a ‘one day’ type daydream for how we picture our life could be.

Other days, we may feel we have it sorted – kids are getting on, partner is as loving as ever and we’re winning at work – projects are running smoothly, clients are happy.

The up’s and down’s show us that we are still very much working on mastering the whole work-life balance thing. Which, some might say, is ok. We’re not perfect and we’re always learning, right? But is the rollercoaster ‘ok’ really the way to live life – where our moods or  happiness is subject to the people or dramas that surround us? Or is there more?

Well, yes there is.

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