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June 05, 2006

Tips from the Fast Track

Cathy Arnst

It sometimes sounds to me like there is a steady drumbeat in this country of news reports, magazine articles, blogs etc encouraging mothers to drop out of the work force. It's not happening of course--79% of woemn with children under age 18 work, according to census data. And plenty of them are determined to do as well in their careers as with their families. Ivanhoe, a useful web site for medical news and information, recently put together a group of these women to gather some tips on how they manage the work/life balance. There's lots of good ideas here; I've excerpted just a few of them:

--Think out-of-the box with your babysitters. For one, single teachers make great babysitters. Also, don't "nickel and dime" them. If you're generous with their pay -- even an extra 10 bucks, which might not make a big difference to you but will to them -- they'll be more likely to be at your beck and call and do whatever they can to find you a substitute if they can't make it. Orlando TV news anchor Martie Salt hired a senior citizen to watch her son and paid her the same weekly rate, even when the family was out-of-town on vacation. Even though it cost a little more, the loyalty she got from the sitter was priceless!

--Daycare is not a dirty word. The Smart Women we talked to say their kids love daycare. Kids are very adaptable -- especially if you start them in it when they're babies. If they don't like it, you may just need to find a different place. There's often a waiting list for daycare -- even as long as a year -- so get on it as soon as you get pregnant.

---As your kids age, have them help out with household chores. They can make their own lunches and do their own laundry and will gain a sense of responsibility in the process.

Check out the rest of these suggestions. And if you have any tips of your own, please, share!

08:55 AM

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Very good suggestions for a more effective life, I guess.

However, my tip is: If you have kids, they won?t stay with you for very long. Before you know they will be out of the nest flying. Spend as much time as possible with them. Then, if you like, turn effective when they have grown up.

Posted by: Rambukk at June 19, 2006 04:32 PM


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