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Full Time, All the Time

with Britt Reints

Forget the 9 to 5; the demands of a working mom aren’t limited by a time clock. Full Time, All the Time is a blog about balancing the many roles of a modern woman - and maintaining your wellbeing while doing it. I am a writer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and sometimes volunteer living in Pittsburgh. Oh, and I think you look pretty today.

You can also find Britt on Twitter and at InPursuitOfHappiness.net.

What’s Your Kid’s Love Language - and Why Does It Matter?

Categories: Parenting Tips and Tricks for the working mom

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love note / nota de amorJust like adults, children have their own communication styles and preferred methods of showing and receiving love. Figuring out exactly what that is - and how it differs from yours - can strengthen your relationship with your kids and make your home a happier, more peaceful place.

Marriage counselor and author Gary Chapman describes the different ways people express and feel love as “love languages”. According to Chapman, there are five love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time
  • Receiving Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

In my experience, most people tend to favor two languages over the rest - and they are almost always different than the two their romantic partners prefer. (We humans are weird like that.) Figuring this out among adults is pretty easy, and it helps couples to share their love for one another more effectively.
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My 5 favorite cheat codes for winning the working-parent game

Categories: Parenting Tips and Tricks for the working mom, balance, the juggle

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iCade Cabinet - Joystick For me, winning as a working parent means finding the balance between paying the bills and enjoying time with my loved ones. It’s also having a relationship with my kids, my spouse, my extended family, my friends, my community and myself. That said, it often seems like the purpose of the game itself is to somehow find enough time and money to make all of that happen within one lifetime. For an average player like me, there’s simply no way to survive - let alone win - without using a few cheat codes now and then.
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Advice to Moms Going Back To Work

Categories: Parenting Tips and Tricks for the working mom, balance, mommy guilt, the juggle, working mom

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I watched a beautiful video yesterday that asked moms what advice they would give themselves if they could go back in time to right before their first child was born.  The video was a gorgeous montage of varied answers that ranged from “sleep now” to “forgive yourself”.  My personal favorite was a sign that read “you are the expert”.

It got me thinking about other times in my life when I could have used some advice from women who had gone before me: my first day at a new school, the last day I went to college, our first argument after my wedding, that time I thought I could pull off the pixie haircut .  All of these moments could have been made just a little easier with some words of encouragement and wisdom.

Another milestone in my life as a woman, specifically as a working mother, when I could have used a little hand holding was when I went back to work after having my babies.  Ouch.  The heartbreak of dropping them off, the giddiness at having adult conversations during the day, the guilt at enjoying adult conversations and being overly tired at night; I was not prepared for either return to the workforce.


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I don’t need resolutions, I need solutions

Categories: Parenting Tips and Tricks for the working mom, balance, working mom

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I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions.  I don’t start a diet or a new work out plan with the rest of America.  I’ve learned that saying I want to be more patient doesn’t actually make me more patient.  I’m not vowing to read more books, eat less red meat, or buy more organic.  It’s as good as it’s gonna get.  Especially in January, when my fingers are practically frozen because my spouse insists that heating the house to 62 degrees is actually heating the house. 

I don’t need resolutions.  Resolutions are like promises, they mean nothing and nobody seems to really care if you break it. 

But solutions?  Solutions I’ll take any time.  If anyone can solve the mystery that is my never-ending laundry problem, I’ll be tap dancing my way into that solution.

This year, I decided to implement one solution.  Just one.  It won’t solve world hunger or fix our economy.  But it makes ending the day and starting the next one so much easier for me. 
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