Monday, November 7, 2011
Nov 7 prompt: How do you balance your children, relationship, and work life?
Heh... now there's a question... and if any of you have an answer I'd love it. I don't balance it. plain and simple. I work for Michaels, love my job but don't love the stress and the five am shift... I have a four year old... and I'm an older parent (42) and I live with my partner (who is again asking about when we are getting married... and marriage is just not something I am looking to do again). I teach here online, make art, play games and am a bit of an information junkie so I do lose a lot of time to the computer. But I don't feel that my "lives" are balanced. I give more quality "me" at work than i do at home. I think my son doesn't get the best mom out of me as often as not. I think that my partner gets the short end of my temper, time and energy. Part of what gives me the most trouble is that I really need alone time... and that's hard for a four year old to give. And it's hard for my partner who has spent his whole day with a four year old to then give me more time "away" when I get home. I get frustrated with everyone when I do not get enough time on my own and I dislike being frustrated. Balancing the demands and stresses of all the different parts of my life is something I learn a little more about each day... and some days, I only learn that I am really bad at it : )