Many people assume that "moms" bear all of the responsibility for keeping a household running. But increasingly, dads are becoming more and more involved with PARENTING and housekeeping. Unfortunately, corporate America hasn't really kept pace with our changing society, and this shift can cause a real strain -- particularly with fathers who work FULL-TIME. How do you fit it all in? How do you earn a good living to support your family and help keep your home in order and still have time left over to spend with your children? This month, we offer those valiant dads who are trying to "do it all" a few valuable TIME management tips.
Start with your PRIORITIES. If you say that your kids are a priority, but you work nights and weekends and never see your family, something has to give. Prioritizing is about trade-offs -- you have to give something up to have the thing you really want most.
Plan your kids' activities into your calendar FIRST, before scheduling anything else in. And you will definitely have to learn to say no when a request butts heads with your family obligations -- whether that conflict is with work or another activity.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! The key key to getting better organized -- DELEGATE baby! No matter what your family composition, everyone should help out. Divide up responsibilities so that everyone has afair share of chores and free time.
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