Finding your balance

Posted On: February 5, 2015

Finding your balance…

As the parent of two young children, I find myself struggling to balance work and home life, children and finances, health and wellness. I have chosen to work part-time while my girls are small which allows our family to have more time together than if I worked five days a week. The cost of childcare vs paid working hours is closely watched. Like many of you, I value health and wellness and envy those with more free time!  These precious little people require so much of our attention that there are times when everything else takes a backseat.

Can you relate?

Despite your best efforts, do you feel like you’re constantly playing catch-up?

How do you deal with the stress that goes along with raising a family?

The 2015 edition of the Make Children First Calendar is full of simple tips to help all of us set priorities for our families and decrease the stress in our lives, even just a little. After a month of looking at the January page (which is all about managing stress for parents and children) I am reminded that we parents need to take care of ourselves too! As we start a new month I hope everyone can set aside some time to think about the big stresses in your life and make a plan to reduce them.

One of the other helpful tips from the calendar for parents is to stay connected with family and friends. Make a point of calling a friend and checking in, going for a coffee or getting some fresh air together. Show your children what healthy relationships look like so they see how important a strong circle of friends is to a balanced life.

Our children are important, but so are we! Make a plan to do something for yourself to ease your stress level, you’ll be glad you did.


Sue Lissel

Manager- Make Children First

Mother of 2