I have spent years trying to figure out how to balance work and home. I have finally figured it out… they will never balance! The sooner you stop the tug of war between the two the happier you will be. If work is on one end of the seesaw and one of your children is on the other end, they will never equal. The seesaw will go up and down as work, and home gets busier, such as you starting that emergency project or comes back from vacation buried. On the other end, your son/daughter could be sick or in need of extra help with school work or just that extra time with mom to answer friendship questions. Every day the seesaw changes, and we need to stop fighting to find an equal balance. Ride on and try your very best to enjoy every movement along the way.
If I looked at my calendar and traced it back, I am sure I could see a pattern that looks like ocean waves off the coast. A pattern that goes up and down, never quite the same. Our children need us as well as our jobs. When our children grow up, most of them will have jobs. We must provide an example to them today that work is important too. If we don’t, they will enter the real word and find the world is not revolving around them anymore and it will be much harder for them to adjust.