One of the things I’m learning (and accepting) is the need for ever more Time Management. (And let me say first of all, my hats are off to all those families with both parents working and more than one child in more than one activity. Or single parents, doing it all.) With me working out of the house five days a week now, time management is even more crucial. It may not seem like a big deal, but we are a family who values our downtime, so making sure we are all where we need to be and yet also having enough time to relax and chill out together or alone, is a challenge.
Big calendars help. Making lists helps. Good communication helps. And an acceptance that we can’t do it all, that I can’t attend as many meetings as I used to, that the house doesn’t always get cleaned on time or the way we’d like, that helps.
Maintaining balance, for me, is partially achieved through good Time Management, so I know I’m not doing so well when I start to feel overwhelmed or off-balance. Rushing occasionally is ok, feeling rushed all the time is not ok. Finding the path for our little family through that maze is a new challenge. I’ll let you know how I do.