All working parents struggle with work/life balance issues and there is no perfect solution. It is a continuing process of give and take and figuring out what works for you and your family at any given time in your lives. I always find it helpful to hear what others have to say about it. Kara Heissman writing for Lifehack notes what all of us know–the conflict between work and family is a common source of stress. She offers the following insights that helped her:
- I made the decision to find balance.
- I involved people I trust in the process.
- I established limits and boundaries between family and work.
- I accepted that imbalance is sometimes unavoidable.
In her blog she admits there is not one size fits all solution. I think we can all agree with her.
A child’s soccer game at the same time as a client dinner. An anniversary dinner postponed because of a last-minute meeting. Racing from a band concert to join a conference call. Trying to balance work, family and love can be messy. It’s moments like these that beg the question, can we truly have it all?
The conversation about work/life balance happens within ourselves, with our partners and with our workplaces … usually all at the same time. Trying to fit these pieces together can make us question how we assign our identity and even our worth. But all three — work, family and love — can exist together. How we embrace this dynamic conversation is the critical focus of this talk.
In Work. Family. Love. Conversations that Last a Lifetime, licensed clinical psychologist, Northwestern University professor and working mother Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon will offer tips and tools for defining boundaries and creating flexibility in personal and familial growth, ensuring professional and personal happiness.personal happiness.
Tuesday, June 28
4:30 p.m. Registration
5:00-7:00 p.m. presentation and light fare
Jenner & Block, 353 N. Clark St., 45th Floor, Chicago
Free event but RSVPs are required.
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 312-609-5300, ext. 483
This is a wonderful, free program that addresses issues of interest to all of us. Please consider joining us for this special, no cost program. All are welcome.
The Chicago Park District’s 16th annual Movies in the Parks series kicks off June 4th, and features more than 250 outdoor screenings of current and classic movies in parks across the city. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks. All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting. Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations.
The Chicago Park District offer summer activities around the city and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden is on a mission to get women to relax, breathe and #LetGo. The UK based organization believes: about 40% of women feel like they are about to burnout trying to be the “perfect” everything; and, 80% of women say they put too much pressure on themselves to be perfect (even though we accomplish an average of 26 tasks a day!). They have created a moving YouTube video of senior women discussing their lives and what they most wish they could do again. It is a really important reminder of what matters most in our busy lives as we continue efforts to balance real life and work responsibilities.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this short YouTube video.
We at The Balancing Act were thrilled when one of our readers, Priscilla Brown reached out to us to share a graphic she helped create illustrating the disparity between family leave in the U.S. as compared to other countries world wide. An Approved Absence offers some eye opening statistics that is definitely worth checking out.
According to Jessica Shortall in one of her very popular Ted Talks, the U.S. needs paid family leave now for the sake of all of our futures. We need women to work, and we need working women to have babies. So why is America one of the only countries in the world that offers no national paid leave to new working mothers? In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. Her idea worth spreading: the time has come for us to recognize the economic, physical and psychological costs of our approach to working mothers and their babies, and to secure our economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents.
We agree. When you have time, please listen to her Ted Talk about why paid family leave is so important to all of us.
The theme of International Women’s Day 2016 is PLEDGE FOR PARTIY. While we have much to celebrate today, progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. One year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap would not close entirely until 2133.
What can we do to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016? Everyone–men and women alike–can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly–whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value differences, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures, or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Gender parity is critical to working parents and ongoing efforts to ensure that both moms and dads have the opportunities they need to succeed professionally and personally.
Join others globally and MAKE A PLEDGE NOW!