Like many working parents, I struggle with work/life balance. At least once a day, I wonder if I am spending enough time with my family, or if I am committed enough to my job. I do my best to model a family first attitude for my team, but I know they have seen evidence of me working late into the night from time to time. I hate not knowing how my son will really feel about having two working parents - and the effects upon his life from…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
Think about your first job for a moment. I'm guessing that it wasn't your dream job, but I am also guessing that you learned a lot. You probably learned how to deal with a boss, and how to treat customers; you learned how to handle your money and how to own up to your mistakes.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
I was listening to a friend of mine describe her daughter's schedule, and it scared me. She told me how her daughter would come home on the bus by 5:30 pm, start homework, leave for sports practice at 7 pm, return home at 8:15 pm to eat dinner and then do more homework until 10:30. She would then wake up at 5 am the next morning to finish up the rest of her homework. My friend is worried because she knows her daughter isn't getting enough…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments
It's been a while since I've hit the publish button on this website. I've been knee-deep in teacher-related stuff, chest-deep in master's coursework, and up to my ears in family life, as usual. I'm treading water, but the good news is...I just saved a bundle of money at GEICO! Sorry,…Continue
Added by Takiela Langley on October 21, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
A few weeks ago, I went to a conference with my Mom to learn more about blogging. (Once you are done reading this, you should check hers out, it is witty and funny and a good read.) We had a blast. We learned a lot (I have homework now), we talked a lot (I love knowing more about my Mom) and we listened to a lot of people talk about wellness (which was a little odd, considering it was a…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments
My son is at a fun age where he can appreciate more movies than a few years ago. So, we have been watching Disney movies lately. He laughs at all the right places in Lilo & Stitch and dances next to me during A Little Mermaid. And I can't tell you how happy I was when he cited Moana as one of his favorites.…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 29, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments
I've talked before about how my brain is compartmentalized. I have a hard time moving between work and family life without a transition period in between (which is why I've been able to make my peace with traffic).…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 24, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments
Like many parents, I struggle with my son's screentime. Sure, we have rules in place to limit the amount of time he has per day, but that is only a start. When we consider content that he is allowed to access, "play time" versus more educational materials, and his behavior upon learning his time is up (children have a hard time with the concept of how fast time can move), I find it is a subject that I need to revisit more often than I…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on May 8, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments
My husband and I are planners. So, when it came to us having a baby, we mapped it all out: When we would start trying, what potential names we liked, and childcare after the baby was born. We were lucky in the fact that it didn't take us long to get pregnant, and although we had some wrenches thrown into the plan that required adjustments, we are a very happy family today.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 4, 2016 at 7:15am — No Comments
Traffic is what did me in.
I had it all planned out: I left work a little earlier than normal, I had a route home that avoided the major roads and I was excited. I was going to make it to my son's school in time for curriculum night.…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 21, 2016 at 6:49am — No Comments
HISTORY DOESN’T DEFINE YOU. YOUR CHOICES DOES
Imagine that you stand on the edge of a platform at the swimming pool... Blindfolded!
You have no idea how high up the platform is, if it is the 1-meter, 5-meter or the 10-meter platform. You have no idea if there is water in…Continue
Added by Dorte Damgaard Sejthen on August 19, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I used to have only a few cups of coffee every year. And then I started having coffee time with a friend of mine at work, so now I have coffee on a more regular basis. It's still not every day, but around once a week.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2016 at 6:22am — No Comments
Congratulations, you're having a baby!
You are now seen as a more stable employee - after all, you now have a family to provide for. You'll be earning more money and you have just gotten an edge on any promotions.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 13, 2015 at 6:38am — No Comments
I said a lot of dumb things when I was in my 20s. As I am now older and (presumably) wiser, I take comfort in the fact that everyone says dumb things in their 20s. In your 20s you suffer from an optimistic idealistic attitude about...well, everything.
As I have gotten older, I have gotten wiser. Which is…
At 5 pm, I have been working for eight and a half hours. I probably don't even know what time it is. In fact, I am probably in a meeting, since I work for a bicoastal company and it is only 2 pm on the other coast. (That tends to be a popular meeting time.)
By 5:14, I am trying very hard to focus on whatever…
As some of you already know, I recently returned from a “vacation” with my children and mother in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PV). What a blessing to be able to do this and please know that I didn’t take one second of it for granted.
This was actually my third visit to PV, so I was…Continue
Added by Kristina Butler on July 22, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments
(First published in Discovering Work-Life Harmony)
Finding work-life balance is very much still a journey of discovery for me. Since becoming a mum six years ago,…Continue
Added by Helen C on July 17, 2015 at 9:35am — No Comments
My son laughs at the slapstick pratfalls on a television show. He laughs at the goofy knock-knock jokes that I tell him. And he is super ticklish.
And all those things make me really…
I can see the pupils dilate and the wheels begin to turn when people find out that I'm married to a gynecologist. Paranoid as this may seem, I've answered enough questions and survived too many bizarre interactions to be caught with my pants down again. My husband commenced his OB-GYN residency two weeks…Continue