Last week, Heather MacFadyen, host of the God Centered Mom Podcast, asked me a few questions about balancing work and home life. HA!
"IS THERE A BALANCE?" I ask.
No, seriously. Is there??
Since this is something I have struggled with over the years, I guess I was a good candidate for offering some practical advice. You won't be hearing "get up an hour earlier" from me, I can assure you.
It's more like: "figure out how to take more naps."
I love the way Heather sets up her "That's Me!" series: a mom will ask a question and they will discuss it together. Then, Heather brings in an "expert" to bring in their perspective. This episode features a young mom named Annette, who wants to be at home with her small children but whose husband would like her to work part time. She is trying to find some kind of balance between parenting, marriage, and work.
Annette is a sweetheart, and I hope I was able to encourage her in some way. These are hard, very real issues, and I know she is doing a great job in the midst of it.
You can hear the entire conversation here: God Centered Mom Podcast
Here are some of Annette's questions (disclosure: I didn't get to read them until after our conversation):
- Are you the kind of mom who needs a “something else”?
- Is staying home for a season an option?
- How do we handle frustration when husband is home but working/occupied?
- Is investment only a term we can use for finances?
- What are some ways to connect with a husband who works a lot?
- How can we stop operating from a place of fear and self-reliance?
- When moms who work outside the home have “free time” how do they choose between house work and work-work?
I wish I'd spent more time on these specific things, but maybe in a round about way, we hit them all.
What do you think? How would you answer these questions? What advice would you give?
(Click the play button at the top of the post)
Be sure and scroll through Heather's post for links to resources mentioned in the podcast. Here is a better link to my "Real World Housekeeping Schedule." (with .pdf included)
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