40 Mom-Tested Tips for Balancing Work and Family

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How can I build a positive relationship with my caregiver?

  1. Look at the relationship as a partnership.
  2. Work together to solve behavior problems both at child care and at home.
  3. Drop by as often as you can to say "hello" -- share your ideas, express your interests and volunteer to help.
  4. Recognize your caregiver's good work. Send a thank-you card or a small gift.
  5. Bring surprise treats to day care like snacks, crafts or toys for the kids.
  6. Keep your caregiver informed of any changes in your child's schedule.

What can I do when my child is sick and I need to work?

  1. Decide in advance how you and your husband will share this responsibility.
  2. Split the day with your husband.
  3. Work at home if you can.
  4. Line up someone locally who can care for your child on short notice.
  5. Save some of your sick days to care for your child.

How can I make the most of evenings at home?

  1. Give yourself and your kids time to relax and unwind.
  2. Make kid-friendly meals in advance or cook something quick and easy.
  3. Treat yourself to dinners out on occasion.
  4. Turn off the TV and discuss your day during dinner.
  5. Stick to a routine so your kids know what to expect.
  6. Factor in fun and time to snuggle.

Between working all day and dealing with the kids at night, how can I maintain a healthy relationship with my husband?

  1. Spend time together, even if it's just reading or watching TV.
  2. Talk and email during the workday.
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