Who says you can't have it all? Learn how to keep your family (and boss) happy with these straightforward tips.
A version of this article appeared in our October 2012 issue with the headline “10 secrets of working parents,” p. 64.
Set your clocks 10 minutes ahead. That way, you're rushing against a deadline with a few minutes of give.Photo: Christopher Bernard/iStockphoto
Colleagues will be happy to hear tales about Junior's latest achievements, but choose your moments. It might be best to wait until someone asks.Photo: xavierarnau/iStockphoto
Despite best efforts, occasionally you'll arrive decorated with spit up or coffee. You'll be glad to have a change of clothes handy.Photo: seraficus/iStockphoto
Friends and family often want to help but don't know what would be useful. Ask for what you need. Take what's offered. Say thank you.Photo: nautilus shell studios/iStockphoto
Anything you can do to ease the morning rush will help — packing lunches, finding your car keys.Photo: joebelanger/iStockphoto
Older children can organize their backpacks before bedtime or load the dishwasher.Photo: Imgorthand/iStockphoto
Even if it's just once a month, or for the first few weeks you're back at work, you'll appreciate not having to spend your nights scrubbing toilets.Photo: izusek/iStockphoto
It may sound like a paradox, but it's important to get downtime each week. Otherwise, your Saturdays will fill up with groceries, swimming lessons and vacuuming.Photo: ozgurdonmaz/Istockphoto
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