June 2010 Issue --> Personal Article
Balancing Home and Work
By: Dyan Eybergen


Parents of today who are busy pursuing a career, maintaining a home and raising children face a complex balancing act. Parents wear many "hats" on a daily basis: they act as coaches, teachers, chauffeurs, guidance counsellors, health consultants, social convenors, conflict managers and cooks - just to name a few. Most parents lack adequate organizational experience to prepare them for such diverse roles. This means parents must learn to work together to establish a plan of action for keeping things in balance and then communicate and reinforce this plan so that everyone in the family will respect and benefit from it.

Here are 10 easy tips for developing a home/life balance plan of action:

  1. Get organized! Use calendars, menu planners, chore lists, day timers, computer programs or whatever else will help you to put together a schedule for using your time wisely.
  2. Prioritize necessities at home and work and communicate expectations to family members. Together, establish goals for keeping home activities running smoothly and gain a commitment from family members to work toward each goal in a timely manner
  3. Put some variety into your family life. Start planning family outings, theme nights, or projects you can work on together to re-establish quality family time
  4. Have regular family meetings to air concerns, work out problems, delegate chores and responsibilities and evaluate your home/life action plan
  5. Make exercise a regular part of your family's lifestyle - go on bike rides together, walk or hike, take an exercise class (they even have combined classes for parents and babies now). The health benefits are enormous, not to mention how exercise boosts energy and morale
  6. Continue to build your relationship with your parenting partner and align family values to communicate to your children
  7. Set clear boundaries for your work life by not answering text, phone or email messages after hours and let the office know you will respond only during office hours
  8. Kids have stress too and research shows that over scheduling extracurricular activities is a contributing factor. Limit the amount of activities your children are involved in; one or two evenings out a week should be the maximum
  9. Teach children to recognize the signs of stress that being too busy can cause and model that behaviour by taking time out for yourself to relax
  10. A working parenting partner needs time and space to do things on his or her own, away from the other parent. Unless this is clearly defined and honoured by both parties, balance for either parent may be impossible to achieve

About the Author:

Dyan Eybergen, BA, RN is a nationally recognized parent educator and a recipient of a Mom's Choice Award for her book Out of the Mouths of Babes: Parenting from a Child's Perspective. She is a frequent guest expert on CTV South Western Ontario's Health and Lifestyle and Edmonton's CTV News at Noon. You can find her on the Web at www.dyaneybergen.com.
Share This on Facebook Share This on Twitter


All data provided on this website is to be used for information purposes only. The information contained on this website and pages within, is not intended to provide specific legal, medical, financial or tax advice, or any other advice, whatsoever, for any individual or company and should not be relied upon in that regard. The services described on this website are only offered in jurisdictions where they may be legally offered. Information provided in our website is not all-inclusive, and is limited to information that is made available to and such information should not be relied upon as all-inclusive or accurate.

Bookmark this page now...

      Balancing Home and Work by Dyan Eybergen
Stumble It!

Other Personal articles enjoyed by our readers.
How to Maintain Security When Using the Internet
by Deborah Marsden
Staying Positive When It Seems Impossible
by Allie Ochs
The Benefits of Keeping a Journal
by Doreene Clement

Here's a Taste of What You'll Get With Your Subscription...

Each month you'll have access to a new issue of the online magazine that is full of fantastic resources and help from the experts that will give you motivational training, as well as the inspiration, and education that you need to Live the Story of Your Dreams!

Weekly doses of "feel good" and practical self-help tips with The Chronicles eZine…

Live Access to the Top Movers and Shakers in the world twice a month through the Real Life Legends Teleseminar Series...

It's all completely FREE and you can unsubscribe at any time!

More Important Issues...

Do you have unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions? Have you told yourself ”That’s it, I’m serious this time… I’m going to change my life,” only to end up with the EXACT same results? Perhaps you set some personal development or self-help goals. You probably took some action, maybe even some massive action in terms of motivational training. But then nothing really happened. And you’re right back where you started from... in the personal development doldrums.

It doesn’t have to be this way.
It’s not your fault.

If you’re worried because you’ve made a few mistakes and you’re up to your eyeballs in debt and you have no idea how you’ll get out…

Or you’re overweight and tried every diet under the sun…

Your relationships are in desperate need of a makeover…

You’re apprehensive about the dawning of a new day only to trudge to a job you desperately want to leave…

Its not your fault your life is a mess.

Here’s why...

Learn more...>>

Work At Home FREE Course
The Missing Instructions
2012 Free Video
Passion Test Facilitator
Passion Test Profile

Click Here with questions or comments about this web site.

© Copyright 2003-2015 . Healthy Wealthy nWise. All Rights Reserved.
205 W. Liberty St., Ste. 203, Charles Town, WV 25414 304.725.2502

Home | Affiliates | Current Issue | Contact Us
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Subscriber Agreement
Questions & Tech Support