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If had to name the biggest struggle of my day-to-day life, it would be work-life balance. For parents, this is especially hard. I’m responsible for running my business, managing my household,  taking care of my children (and dog).

Then there’s self-care, family, friends, and the list goes on and on. For years, finding time for yourself is something that other people do.

It might be the same for you. Do you get enough sleep?

Do you finish your to-do lists every day? Do you find time to do the things you enjoy?

Do you spend enough quality time with your children? Do you feel fulfilled?

I’d love to say that I’ve conquered this battle, but I really think it’s a never-ending process for most of us.

That isn’t to say there aren’t ways to achieve a work life balance for parents. We can have it all. These five tips can aid in the process.

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2nd Grade Common Core Math: Daily Practice Workbook Part II: Free Response
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This 2nd grade math workbook is your comprehensive practice. By practicing and mastering this entire workbook, your child will become very familiar and comfortable with the state math exam and common core standards. This 2nd Grade Common Core Math Workbook (Free Response) includes: 20 Weeks of Daily Free Response Weekly Assessments State Aligned Common Core Curriculum End of Year Assessment This book has the following topics covered: Week 1 - Reading and writing numbers using standard form Week 2 - Comparing numbers to find which is greater or less than another number Week 3 - Adding single digit numbers Week 4 - Subtracting single digit numbers Week 5 - Even and Odd numbers Week 6 - Using addition and subtraction to solve problems Week 7 - Adding and subtracting larger numbers from tables and models Week 8 - Understanding place value to add and subtract large numbers Week 9 - Finding different ways to add and subtract numbers Week 10 - Reviewing what we know from weeks 1-9 Middle Year Assessment Week 11 - Measuring objects using a ruler Week 12 - Solving problems using measurement Week 13 - Using number lines and number charts to find missing numbers Week 14 - Telling and writing time using clocks Week 15 - Counting money Week 16 - Solving problems using line plots Week 17 - Solving problems using pictograms and bar models Week 18 - Counting the number of sides and angles in shapes Week 19 - Counting squares and finding equal parts of a shape Week 20 - Reviewing what we know from weeks 11-19 End of Year Assessment For practice with Multiple Choice questions, be sure to check out Part I of our workbook titled: 2nd Grade Common Core Math: Daily Practice Workbook - Part I: Multiple Choice | 1000+ Practice Questions and Video Explanations | Argo Brothers Each question is labeled with the specific common core standard so both parents and teachers can use this workbook for their student(s). This workbook takes the Common Core State Standards and divides them up among 20 weeks. By working on these problems on a daily basis, students will be able to (1) find any deficiencies in their understanding and/or practice of math and (2) have small successes each day that will build competence and confidence in their abilities.
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Work Life Balance for Parents: 5 Tips

Get Your Schedule Together

I have at least a half a dozen half-empty planners in my office.

Well-meaning, I buy them, start writing in them, and then stop. I’m a free-thinker by nature, not an organizer, which has lead to issues with balance in the past.

I’ve come to accept this about myself and always look for ways to improve.

One way to start is by  
 . Having a consistent pattern of when and how things are done makes life a lot less stressful.

You won’t have to worry about dinner because you’ll already have it taken care of (spaghetti on Tuesday, fish on Fridays).

So if your child plays T-ball every Tuesday and your daughter goes to dance on Thursdays, put this on the family calendar as well.

Work events can be listed as well so everyone is in the ‘loop’.

Homework and study time should be scheduled in as well. For example, you might work on assignments with them for 30 minutes and then have them use an interactive math program for another 30 minutes.

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Doing this daily can make study time much easier.

Once you have routine practices, you can use them to draft a household calendar.

That way, there is no way to forget important events going on, or at least no excuse.

Leave Work at Work

Somehow, in all our prosperity, work hours seem to be lengthening.

Worse than that – the line between work and home life begins to grey.

Constant emails and phone calls can interrupt your home life more than you care to admit.

So, start leaving your work at work. You may be hesitant to cut down on your hours spent looking at emails, but why do you work in the first place?

Is it to work more? Or is it to provide for the life you, and your family, wants to live?

You can do this by going back to your routine and setting exact work hours.

Make it a rule that you don’t check emails after X PM. Other tips:

  • Turn off work notifications during family time
  • Avoid doing work from the bed or the dinner table
  • Create a transition routine
  • Prioritize sleep over work

Do whatever it takes to carve out work life balance for parents.

Setting time aside

We often fall into the trap of thinking that time to talk with our significant others, hanging out with our kids, and finishing projects around the home will spontaneously appear.

Here’s the hard truth: you will never be able to have enough time unless you plan it into your schedule.

The good news is that it’s not hard to avoid this problem!

If you get into the habit of blocking out time during your day, or outright scheduling out your entire day, you will be able to create time to do more of the things you genuinely want to do.

Learn to delegate

The thing about the internet is that it is a double-edged sword.

On one side, it can waste hours with distracting and useless content; on the other, it can save you tons of time and money.

The key is learning to use it properly. Many services can help you to complete, or even complete for you, tasks and chores.

Take buying groceries for example, you most likely live in an area that offers delivery services, do not wait any longer to sign up for these services!

With a minor fee, these delivery services can save you an hour or more of your time every time you need to refill on groceries.

That’s an hour more of spending quality time with your kid – and not at the grocery store.

A few more examples of successful delegation can be house and yard work, repair services, etc.

Think how valuable your time is, now consider how many hours you would sink into doing something you don’t want to do.

Is it then worth it to pay someone else to do the work for you?

This strategy is especially useful when considering putting your kids to work with a few chores if you are okay with a lower quality of work – then a few bucks here and there is an excellent investment for your sanity.

Don’t forget about yourself

As a parent, everything you do must be for your kids is continuously drilled into your head– but that doesn’t always have to be true.

In the age of go-go-go, you can’t forget about yourself.

This is the most essential point on this list because ignoring your wants and needs can lead to burnouts, breakdowns, and depression.

  where you can do something you are passionate about is essential to keeping happy and healthy.

Whether it be a sport, an art, reading a good book, a side project – it doesn’t matter, just make sure it’s something you care about.

Conclusion

I know it can seem overwhelming to have to succeed at work, be a great parent, stay healthy, and get things done – but know no one is perfect.

A few mistakes here and there don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, do the best you can, that is all that matters.

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