Archive for February, 2014

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.

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3 Ways to Keep Learning (And Why You Must)

Categories: career advice

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University Life 104When I was a child I was certain grown ups knew everything. I assumed they collected that vast and complete body of knowledge in college, the magical place people went into as kids and came out of as adults worthy of real jobs. Now, of course, I know the truth: there is always more we need to know.

When it comes to learning, we can never experience enough. Because the world in which we work and live is constantly evolving, we must always be expanding our understanding of it. The minute you decide you no longer need to be taught is the instant you start to become irrelevant in your industry and boring in your dinner-party conversations.

A life of continued fulfillment is a life of constant learning.
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3 Easy Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do

Categories: kids, the juggle

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IMG_20140112_100200005_HDRRecently, I made my children spend a day writing cards and handing them out to strangers in our neighborhood. I’d been wanting to get them involved in a kindness project for a while, and a sponsorship on my blog gave me the nudge I’d needed to make the time. The three of us had a great time, and I’m so glad we made kindness a priority for one day.

Most moms don’t find themselves in a position of being paid for doing good.

Normally, we have to balance random kindness with work, school, household chores, personal care, and maintaining relationships.

Normally, we rely on the unexpected opportunities to do good. We hold doors, carry a grocery bag, or let someone turn left across from us at a green light.

And while those small kindness are important and impactful, they can sometimes feel too small to be seen by the little ones for whom we model good character.

How can we, as busy parents, easily involve our kids in random acts of kindness?
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5 Ways Busy Moms Can Find Peace

Categories: Uncategorized, balance

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118/365 - meditate Chaos tends to reign supreme in the life of a working parent. The metaphors used to characterize us include juggling, wearing multiple hats, and balancing on what must be a precariously narrow line. If those images are true, danger – or failure – is always one small mistake away. It’s no wonder, then, that so many women tell me the one thing they want to feel more of is peace.

Peace. Calm. Serenity.

These words are rarely used to describe our lives, but we need quiet to balance out the rest of the noise and frenzy.

I’ve found adding one or two little habits to my routine can make a big difference in how peaceful I feel overall. A few moments of calm helps me cope with a whole lot of chaos.
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What Kids Can Learn From Keeping Score

Categories: kids

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soccer practiceFor most of my son’s life, I’ve let him choose which extra curricular activities he will participate in. I haven’t prodded or forced him to sign up for sports his parents used to play. Recently, however, I’ve decided that a little more pushing is in order, and he’s been instructed to find a competitive team at school to join this spring. He’s not pleased, but I’m convinced I have good reasons for this parental interference and that the benefits to him are worth his teenage wrath.
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