As Lindsay Lohan prepares to report for her jail term, one might feel some level of sympathy for this young, talented woman plagued by bad decisions. A natural reaction would be to wonder where her parents were as her life spun out of control.
Her father, Michael Lohan, is in the news, but seems to do much of his parenting from the headlines. Her mother, Dina Lohan, also gets in the news battling Lindsay’s dad.
A parent cannot always prevent their children from making poor decisions and sometimes lives do spiral hopelessly downward. But parents need to be prepared to intervene and take the necessary steps to protect their children. Working dads and moms have additional challenges in this regard. They face challenges at work and face an entirely new set at home. The shift between the two phases of their life is abrupt and can be exhausting at times. Given the consequences, balancing needs at work and at home is critical.
Striking a proper work-life balance is essential to not only good parenting, but to being a good employee. WebMD writer Sherry Rauh provides some tips for better work-life balance:
Figure out what really matters to you – Determine what your priorities truly are, not what you think they should be. Ask yourself “If my life could focus on one thing and one thing only, what would that be?” Then add a second thing, a third, and so on. Your list of priorities will emerge.
Drop unnecessary activities – Examine your list of priorities and you might find you are devoting too much time to non-priorities. Keep activities that don’t apply to your top priorities to an absolute minimum.
Protect your private time – Your private time deserves the same respect as meetings at work, parent-teacher conferences or doctors’ appointments. Do not let other distractions take away from time for yourself and for your relationships. Guard your private time closely.
For more tips, go to Rauh’s article on WebMD. For more tips on spending quality time with your kids, see the Working Dad’s Guide to Quality Time.
For years, research has shown that dining together as a family has a powerful impact. Kids tend to be healthier, happier and better students when they share meals with their parents. Family meals are great opportunities to bring work and life into balance. The following WLS-TV report offers tips from a chef (and working mother) on how to prepare quick and easy family meals.
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