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Is 'balance' a reality that working parents can even consider?

When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?”

I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – time off with my babies – was precious and that I should be thankful for this period that I was able to stay at home with my kids, returning to the paid workforce was still difficult. Juggling work, kids, drop-off at daycare, pick-up, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and day-to-day life was a challenge for both myself and my husband. It wasn’t easy and I struggled to find the perfect balance that was, unfortunately, eluding me. “How did other parents do it?”, I wondered. “Am I missing something?”

The ability to breeze through life working and equally parenting is an image that is shown to us time and time again in the media. We’re supposed to be able to do it all. Yes – we women in particular – are not supposed to get tired, stressed, angry or resentful. We’re just supposed to balance all of the challenges of parenting and life in general with ease and without anxiety. With smiles on our faces and “pep” in our steps, we’re expected to saunter off to work, get the job done amazingly well, then return home to our perfectly clean house to prepare dinners, baths and to read bedtime stories.

No big deal, right?

Yet, the reality is that most of us do struggle, that we question ourselves as parents and cast a critical eye upon our own abilities to be the best parent, employee, spouse and more. We’re our own worst enemies much of the time and

 

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When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?”

I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – time off with my babies – was precious and that I should be thankful for this period that I was able to stay at home with my kids, returning to the paid workforce was still difficult. Juggling work, kids, drop-off at daycare, pick-up, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and day-to-day life was a challenge for both myself and my husband. It wasn’t easy and I struggled to find the perfect balance that was, unfortunately, eluding me. “How did other parents do it?”, I wondered. “Am I missing something?”

The ability to breeze through life working and equally parenting is an image that is shown to us time and time again in the media. We’re supposed to be able to do it all. Yes – we women in particular – are not supposed to get tired, stressed, angry or resentful. We’re just supposed to balance all of the challenges of parenting and life in general with ease and without anxiety. With smiles on our faces and “pep” in our steps, we’re expected to saunter off to work, get the job done amazingly well, then return home to our perfectly clean house to prepare dinners, baths and to read bedtime stories.

No big deal, right?

Yet, the reality is that most of us do struggle, that we question ourselves as parents and cast a critical eye upon our own abilities to be the best parent, employee, spouse and more. We’re our own worst enemies much of the time and

 

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When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?”

I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – time off with my babies – was precious and that I should be thankful for this period that I was able to stay at home with my kids, returning to the paid workforce was still difficult. Juggling work, kids, drop-off at daycare, pick-up, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and day-to-day life was a challenge for both myself and my husband. It wasn’t easy and I struggled to find the perfect balance that was, unfortunately, eluding me. “How did other parents do it?”, I wondered. “Am I missing something?”

The ability to breeze through life working and equally parenting is an image that is shown to us time and time again in the media. We’re supposed to be able to do it all. Yes – we women in particular – are not supposed to get tired, stressed, angry or resentful. We’re just supposed to balance all of the challenges of parenting and life in general with ease and without anxiety. With smiles on our faces and “pep” in our steps, we’re expected to saunter off to work, get the job done amazingly well, then return home to our perfectly clean house to prepare dinners, baths and to read bedtime stories.

No big deal, right?

 

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When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?”

I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – time off with my babies – was precious and that I should be thankful for this period that I was able to stay at home with my kids, returning to the paid workforce was still difficult. Juggling work, kids, drop-off at daycare, pick-up, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and day-to-day life was a challenge for both myself and my husband. It wasn’t easy and I struggled to find the perfect balance that was, unfortunately, eluding me. “How did other parents do it?”, I wondered. “Am I missing something?”

The ability to breeze through life working and equally parenting is an image that is shown to us time and time again in the media. We’re supposed to be able to do it all. Yes – we women in particular – are not supposed to get tired, stressed, angry or resentful. We’re just supposed to balance all of the challenges of parenting and life in general with ease and without anxiety. With smiles on our faces and “pep” in our steps, we’re expected to saunter off to work, get the job done amazingly well, then return home to our perfectly clean house to prepare dinners, baths and to read bedtime stories.

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When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?”

I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – time off with my babies – was precious and that I should be thankful for this period that I was able to stay at home with my kids, returning to the paid workforce was still difficult. Juggling work, kids, drop-off at daycare, pick-up, grocery shopping, laundry, cooking and day-to-day life was a challenge for both myself and my husband. It wasn’t easy and I struggled to find the perfect balance that was, unfortunately, eluding me. “How did other parents do it?”, I wondered. “Am I missing something?”

The ability to breeze through life working and equally parenting is an image that is shown to us time and time again in the media. We’re supposed to be able to do it all. Yes – we women in particular – are not supposed to get tired, stressed, angry or resentful. We’re just supposed to balance all of the challenges of parenting and life in general with ease and without anxiety. With smiles on our faces and

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Revisiting Work-Life Balance – A Working Mom’s Perspective

March 20, 2015

When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?” I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – […]

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Revisiting Work-Life Balance – A Working Mom’s Perspective

March 20, 2015

When I started this blog some years ago, I asked the often-asked question “Is work-life balance still possible?” I was looking for answers in the fog of working full-time and raising kids. At the time, my twins were 1-year-olds and I had returned to work after my year’s maternity leave. Understanding that this benefit – […]

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Top 10 Ways to Achieve a Work-Life Balance – Guest Post at Good Enough Mother

July 5, 2013

Top 10 Ways to Achieve a Work-Life Balance – Guest Post at Good Enough Mother

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Monday Musings – Is Work-Life Balance Possible in The Digital Age?

March 5, 2013

Is a work-life balance even possible these days? One has to wonder. If you’re a parent, you likely struggle with balancing work and family life. Whether you go off to an office or another place of employment in the morning, or you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, it’s still a fine balance. Trying to keep […]

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Monday Musings – Is Work-Life Balance Possible in The Digital Age?

March 5, 2013

Is a work-life balance even possible these days? One has to wonder. If you’re a parent, you likely struggle with balancing work and family life. Whether you go off to an office or another place of employment in the morning, or you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, it’s still a fine balance. Trying to keep […]

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