A lot of parents who consult with me because they are struggling with work-life balance, tell me that they are toying with the idea of giving up their 'work' to spend time with their children and live 'life'.
But is staying home and spending time with children really life?
Staying at home and being with children all day is also 'work'.
Cleaning, organizing, dropping, picking up, getting homework done and so on also soon begin to look like work.
To truly understand work-life balance then - it is important to understand what 'work' is.
As long as we are doing anything that is linked to our identity - it is work.
So if you identify as a professional and a parent - everything that you do to keep that identity intact in your mind - is work.
So work-life balance can definitely not be achieved by giving up 'work'.
It can only be achieved by relishing the experience of 'work'.
And ensuring that the work we do - strengthens rather than weakens our relationships both personal and professional.
This doesn't come naturally to most people and that is why they struggle with work-life balance.
I love it that through my work over the years - I have been able to help many many parents achieve true work-life balance.
Reach out for help if you are struggling to achieve work-life balance