What are some of the tricks and rules you have for managing your time?
One rule I have is to keep my computer downstairs, in my husband’s studio, away from our living area. It used to be in the living room, but it wasn’t productive. When my son used to come up to me, I was just staring at the computer screen. I didn’t think I was setting a good example. Putting the computer away was inconvenient at first, but then I had more opportunities to spend time with my family – like hanging out with my son at the breakfast table instead of checking the weather on the computer.
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to juggling work and family?
I think my husband gets the short end of the stick. My work and my kids are solid. What I need to work on now is making sure that my husband feels just as important as my job and kids. Kids, job, husband – that’s the order now. But I need to switch the husband and job parts. That’s what I’m working on now –I’m not a great wife yet.
What does your husband do?
He works as a freelance photographer and has a somewhat flexible schedule.
Can you describe a typical day for you and your family?
We carpool with a neighbor and every other day my husband drops off my son and his friend to school; one of us picks him up at 6pm. If I pick him up then I take him for a snack to sit down and hang out together. We have an hour from 6-7pm, before our babysitter (who stays with the baby during the day) goes home and I really like that we get this time to talk about our days.