"I didn't resume my at-home business until my baby was 8 months old, and then only to take on small projects. This way I stay in touch with my contacts and keep some income coming in."
"I take part in a job share where a co-worker works Monday through Wednesday and I work Wednesday through Friday.That helps me focus on family when I'm at home, and on work when I'm at work."
"To get home from work earlier, I takea half-hour lunch instead of an hour. This way I can get started on dinnerbefore my husband and son get home."
"I leave work early so I can spend some time with my baby before she goes to sleep. Then I put in another couple of hours at my computer at home. It's not ideal, but it's better than arriving home after the nanny has put her to bed."
"Be firm in your needs when negotiating with your employer. My family comes first, and when I returned to work after both my maternity leaves, I was very clearabout my needs: no evenings, shorter work hours, and breaks for pumping."
"Be prepared to change your mind about your work goals. It is OK to not want to chase that next promotion right away."
"Our babysitter comes to our home, which works out great. Our daughter naps in her own bed and sticks to her daily routine. During naptime, the sitter does light cleaning or laundry. I come home to a clean house and a happy baby. Now I don't spend my weekends doing laundry or scrubbing toilets!"
"My husband and I both work part-time on different days so that we don't need childcare. We both keep our careers going, each parent gets out of the house each week, and the kids get alone time with each parent."
"I've gotten my school-age kids involved in helping around the house. I tell them that if we all chip in, we'll have more time to play together. I also try to run errands at lunchtime or after work on the way home, so I don't spend my weekend running around."
"I make two to-do lists in the morning. The first contains goals I know I can get done — taking care of these gives me a feeling of accomplishment. The second list is 'things I would like to do but it's not a big deal if they don't get done today.' Even crossing one or two of those items off helps me feel like I'm moving forward in life."
我觉得吧，前一天晚上准备好一切：尿布包 t；公文包 t；午餐便当 t；吸奶器 t。。。每天睡觉前收拾收拾然后把早餐也准备好。
"My advice is do everything you can the night before — pack the diaper bag, your work bag, lunch, breast pump, and load the car. Spend a few minutes before bed picking up the mess and doing the dishes, and set out everything you need for breakfast."
"If you have any hope whatsoever of having dinner together as a family, I have two words for you: slow cooker.Without it, we'd eat takeout every night."
"I run in the early morning so I get my exercise in before work and before the rest of the family wakes up. It's the'me' time I need, and exercise also helps me manage work stress."
"I use part of my lunch break to take a nap in my car. It's key to my energy level and sanity!"
"Both my husband and I kept our interests alive by scheduling regular times for our hobbies. Every once in awhile, we review our schedules and decide if there's enough alone time, enough couple time, and enough family time, and figure out ways to increase whatever is lacking."
"Finding a workout club with daycare gives you some 'you' time. Plus, you can take a shower in peace and build your muscles as well as your self-esteem."
"The biggest trick for keeping it all together is to relax, which sounds counterintuitive. Everything always works out — maybe not the way I want it to, but it always does. Stressing out over little things is never productive."
"Something is going to have to slide at one time or another. Some days work slides so I can take care of myself (get a massage or pedicure). Some days the kids end up playing without me or watching TV becauseI need to do something for work. I'm a much better parent because I have accepted this!"
曾几何时，我幻想自己是那种“上得厅堂下得厨房，搞得定老公，治得住熊娃”的超级宝妈。我了个亲娘的，我还是too young too simple。我现在算是醒悟了，老娘我该休息时就休息，该放手时就放手。就算地上洒满玩具，水槽堆着碗碟，那！又！怎！样！
"I thought I could 'bring home the bacon, fry it upin a pan, and never let him forget he's a man,' and be a great mom. Boy, did I ever getthat wrong! I've learned to relax and stop trying to do everything. It's OK ifthere are toys on the floor and dishes in the sink."
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