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Work Life Meets Parenting Life

Parenting is work. No matter how much we love it, it is still work.

By
Cheryl Butler,
August 2, 2008
Episode #076

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Making sure that everyone helps with the household chores is important. If one spouse works outside the home and one works at home while taking care of the children, that doesn’t mean one of you works less. Try to find a balance that works or at least chores that each of you hates the least. If there is a chore that everyone detests, make a schedule and take turns. Since both parents work in my household, one of the rules we’ve come up with is that whoever gets out of bed last or gets to sleep in the latest, is in charge of making the bed. Now, I know that making the bed is a very easy task, but it’s nice to know that if I get up with the kids before my husband, one little nicety I’ll enjoy later that day is going to my bedroom and seeing the bed already made. It’s a small luxury, but a luxury to me, nonetheless.

Now, I have two suggestions that may seem to contradict each other, but I believe in them both; one is to keep yourself educated. Make time to read. Read fiction, non-fiction, or magazines that have content interesting to you. It’s important to feed your brain even when your lunch sometimes consists of the crusts of someone else’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Don’t tell me I’m the only one. Now, my contradictory tip is to make time to give your brain a break once in a while. Watch some light TV or movies that won’t give you something to think about. So, throw on some reruns of Mork and Mindy or pop in a DVD of Grease or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and zone out for a bit. You may not be able to fit in a movie every day or even once a week, but even 30 minutes of wind-down-turn-your-brain-off time can refresh and recharge your over-worked mind.

Finally, I think it’s very important to have at least one person in your life to whom you feel comfortable venting. It’s better if this person is not your child or your spouse. Talk to a friend who is willing to listen. When your friend is having a similar moment, be sure to be there for her as well. It’s great to have someone listen, but it’s even better when that person can listen, tell you that she understands, and you actually believe her.

That’s it for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed the show. Thank you for listening.

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This is your friend the Mighty Mommy wishing you happy and fun parenting!

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