Businesspeople often talk about “unintended consequences,” but here’s one I didn’t think of. NPR just published a story about how executive women who lost their jobs recently are spending more time with their kids and learning more about them. They’re spending time with their children at their schools, daycares and doctor’s offices, apparently places the nannies went in their stead when the moms worked full time. http://tinyurl.com/cspcds
What do you think? I think it’s an opportunity for the kids have quality time. I know it’s hard to see unemployment as a gift to mothers , but from a kid’s view, it just might be.
For working parents these days, it’s like we’re fighting in a smoke-filled room. It’s critical to discern what is important, and what is not so important, which comes from prioritizing.
I believe that work-life balance is the wrong goal. When you’re trying to hold onto your job AND keep your family relationships going, then “balance” is an illogical, impossible – and downright dangerous plan. It’s illogical because work and family are not of equal value, impossible because there is no conversion rate for work and family so they can’t be balanced, and dangerous because work is ultimately replaceable and family is irreplaceable so your health can be put at risk if they are made equal.
Instead, I recommend people prioritize. It’s not 50% work and 50% family; it’s family first and work a close second! That means, hug your kids, spouse/partner/loved ones – and then get to work. By taking care of the most important thing first, it lets people focus on their work and get more done! For more info, http://www.hugyourkidstoday.com
‘Just saw this query from an author: “Looking for women who have built careers or businesses that allow them to travel long-term — and have balanced that with family. Interested in sources who have taken their families with them while traveling, as well as chosen to limit family in the interest of travel. “
My thought: I guess it takes all kinds, but it never crossed my mind that some folks would rather travel than have another baby. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can do both. People of regular means do it all the time, too. Check out www.hugyourkidstoday.com
Is travel that great? Will your slideshow of the Taj Mahal or the Acropolis keep you company when you are old? What do you think? Comment away!
Ouch! With the recent death of Jett Travolta, son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston, another family has a beloved child die suddenly. Just because Jett was the child of a celebrity doesn’t make his loss any bigger or smaller.
My heart goes out to the Travolta family.
What’s the lesson to all families? That’s right – hug your kids today! I’m positive John, Kelly and their daughter wish they could hug Jett one more time.
P.S. Does anyone know how I can connect to People Magazine to do a story on Hug Your Kids Today and the Travolta family? I’d love an introduction.