Work-Life Balance Hits Home for Rich & Famous, Too
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard work to balance family and success.
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Did you catch the Emmy Awards last night? I'm an early riser, so I didn't stay up for the star-studded event. But when I hit the Internet early this morning to catch a glimpse of what I'd missed, something immediately popped out at me. It was an exclusive red-carpet interview with Kristen Bell by ET. During the interview, Bell was asked about her absent hubby and kids. As she answered, she provided one of the blueprints — I say one, because there are several — for balancing work and family. The kids go to work with them. Only one parent works at a time. For the awards, she got gussied up in a Zuhair Murad gown, while he stayed home in comfy jeans with the kids. Here's the INTERVIEW.
Work-life balance comes in many shapes and styles to fit the varied careers and personalities of parents. I've been known to take my kids with me on business trips. I've also spent quite a few years working from home. Hubby worked at the same school our youngest attended during his elementary school years. My brother-in-law and his wife work different shifts and days. Various iterations of child care are also interwoven into the fabric of balancing family and work. Over the years, I've found there are few things we need to keep in mind as we navigate this balancing act.
1. There are pros and cons to any plan we put into place. Ultimately, we have to choose the plan that works best for our family.
2. Our plans for balancing family and work can never be set in stone. They will change as the needs of our family change. That's not only OK, it's necessary to maintain balance.
3. Make sure the plan always includes family meal time. This piece starts out easy and gets more and more difficult as the kids grow up and become busy with their own activities. But find time for it anyway. Make it a mandatory routine. Family meals keep families connected. It's what the kids will miss when they leave home — the food, the conversation, the people.
4. When you get frustrated and feel like you're struggling to maintain family balance, remember that you're not alone. All families, whether the Jones' down the block or Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, struggle with the same family issues every day.