Parents Balancing Your Life

Parents Balancing Your Life

Parents Balancing Your Life
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As a parent, you try to do it all. From the morning rush to after-school activities and putting dinner on the table, balance is crucial. Sometimes, seemingly impossible. This special edition from the editors at Parents, ‘Balancing Your Life,’ takes on that challenge and discusses all aspects of balance. First, you’ll look at “Family Life,” and learn “What a Peaceful Family Looks Like,” how to “Raise a Can-Do Child,” and “11 Truths Every Parent Should Know.” Then, consider “Our Lives at Work,” where “The Juggle Is Real.” Explore “A Mindful Guide for Working at Home,” and what it takes to be “Working Happy in Anxious Times.” Finally, cultivate a real balance with the essential “Me Time/We Time.” See “Self-Care, Transformed,” and find out how to “Workout Like a Mother,” discover the keys to “Keeping Friendships Strong,” and even examine the tricky business that is “Sex While Parenting.” Parents’s ‘Balancing Your Life’ will help you see that balance is a verb, a constant process that is always in motion, and one that you can navigate with great success.

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Meredith Corporation
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3 min.
why balanced-ish is good enough

THERE’S A TED TALK ON LIFE BALANCE THAT SAYS IT all. Or shows it all, rather. Dan Thurmon, who is a motivational speaker and former acrobat, pops into a handstand on a table and says, “Life balance is a concept that is intriguing and desirable and also completely unrealistic.” Sure, Thurmon seems solid in the precarious pose. But look closer, this working dad urges: He is continually making adjustments to steady himself as he wobbles. Raise your hand if you know “the wobble” all too well. You miss your commuter train home and it’s pizza night, again. You spend an entire weekend at a swim meet while your partner takes the other kid to a travel soccer tournament. But at least you two can reconnect over a dinner out on Friday—no,…

11 min.
50/50 parenting. for real.

AS I WROTE THIS STORY, MY DAUGHTER’S PRESCHOOL was closed for two days due to a snowstorm. So she was home on a weekday, along with her baby sister. But I was squirreled away in our home office, typing furiously, while my husband, Dan (on paternity leave at the time), changed diapers, supervised art time, and made the nap schedule happen. When the roads were finally plowed, he took the girls to the grocery store to replenish our dwindling supplies from the shared list we sync on our phones. When they were back, I popped down to do lunch so he could shovel our steps and grab a shower. “Three people told me I was a hero,” he reported of their shopping expedition. We laughed. We both knew nobody has ever…

2 min.
tips for a traditional guy

Sharing the load truly happens only when both of you invest in making it happen. Otherwise, the best you can hope for is a partner who begrudgingly takes on a handful of tasks yet still looks to you to manage most of the details. But even the most un-woke spouse can actually change. Here are some ways to make it happen while still keeping the peace. FIND A CALM MOMENT TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION. Wait until the kids are in bed (or better yet, book a Saturday-afternoon babysitter so you can get out of the house), and let him know that you need to talk to him about shifting the balance. UNDERSTAND WHERE HE’S COMING FROM. Were his parents old-fashioned? Do the couples you socialize with fall into fairly traditional gender roles? Keep in…

6 min.
what a peaceful family looks like

IN THE EARLY-MORNING HOURS LAST OCTOBER, ANITA Bullock-Morley was driving back from barre class when her view was obstructed by a hill and over-grown bushes. She did not see a woman crossing the street until it was too late, and she hit the pedestrian. Thankfully, the woman had only minor injuries, but the experience was traumatic for Bullock-Morley. Arriving home a few hours later, the Atlanta mom of two let all of her emotions out and sobbed with her husband and kids. Then something amazing happened. Her 6-year-old daughter, Adele, began singing a song Bullock-Morley had taught her: “I take a deep breath. I tell myself it’s all right. I am peace.” In the chaos and fear of that morning, a family song brought a sense of calm and a way forward.…

7 min.
raise a can-do child

WHEN I ASKED MY DAUGHTER, BIRDY, TO THINK OF THE time she was proudest of herself, she said, quickly, “The high ropes.” She meant the adventure challenge obstacle course she did with her fifth-grade class. “I was really scared. I climbed up the ladder so slowly. I’d stop, and the counselor would say, ‘Can you do three more steps, Birdy?’ And I could. Plus all my classmates were cheering me on. So I kept going. It was the best feeling.” I also pictured her at age 3, her determined face bent over the lace-up shoes she insisted on tying “by my own self.” And I recalled her last year, courageously bouncing back from a run-in with a middle-school bully. “A literal obstacle turned into one of the best experiences of…

7 min.
11 truths every parent should know

WHEN MY DAUGHTER, SYLVIE, was born ten years ago, the experience was so vivid, so immediately life-changing, that I assumed every moment would be burned into my memory. Very quickly I realized that I could barely summon the mental energy to put on pants, let alone do anything else. So I kept a diary. I didn’t write in it every day, and some entries, particularly during the first weeks, were all but incoherent (“looong day oops up again”). But recording the tiny yet important details that would otherwise get lost in time—bedtime rituals, funny things my daughter said, the names of her stuffed animals—was one of the smartest things I ever did. Life moves so quickly, and your child transforms with bewildering speed. Taking stock at the end of the…