Parenting

How do you balance work and family life?

Editor-in-Chief, Karine Ewart, writes about how she maintains her personal sanity.

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Honestly, I don’t know if I would actually say that I have successfully established a balance. (Does it even exist?) More often than not, I feel like I could be doing better both at work and at home. Hopefully, most working moms can relate. I love my job and wish I had more hours in the day to dedicate to it. I love my family and would ideally have endless amounts of time to just hang out with everyone. To be fair, I truly believe I am doing the best I can, and I love my life. I thank my lucky stars every single night.
 
But to answer the question, the bare minimum I need to maintain my personal sanity is to take some time every day just for myself (usually in the form of exercise), try to go out with my husband once a month and go on an annual girls-only trip to Las Vegas. I am not kidding!
 
Getting away with my girlfriends is like intensive therapy: There is something about being able to step outside of our daily lives and look in that gives us perspective. We talk about our kids, husbands, jobs, failures and dreams. We confide in each other about everything, from the most trivial errors to our darkest fears. We sort out where we are going wrong, what is working for each of us, and how we can do things better. Somewhere between mornings spent poolside, casual lunches, afternoons at a spa or shopping and late night dinners, we help each other reset, and head home a few days later feeling like ourselves again. We miss our families like crazy the whole time, but we wouldn’t miss it for the world.

What do you do to balance work and family life?