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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.

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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What Kids Can Learn From Keeping Score

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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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What I Want to Teach My Kids About Work

Categories: kids, the new office, working mom

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Lego generationsPersonal development gurus and motivational speakers promise that those who do what they love will never work a day in their lives - and those lives will be filled with happiness and purpose. But writer Miya Tokumitsu insists that the “Do What You Love” mantra is bad for work and workers. As a working mother with two children to influence, I find myself wondering what I believe and what I want to teach the next generation of workers.
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Would You Let Your Kids Skip School?

Categories: balance, kids

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the school bus routineLast week we taught about the importance of personal days for adults. What about your kids? Do you - or would you - ever let them take a break from the daily grind of school (even if they don’t have a fever)?

My mom worked and went to school full time for much of my childhood. No one took days off. I don’t even remember staying home from school sick, although surely it had to have happened at least once in thirteen years of public education. The expectation was clear: kids go to school.
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