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INTERVIEW + TIPS: How to balance work, family

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New research out Thursday suggests that it is more difficult than it's ever been to find a balance between work and family, but why?

The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past 50 years. Fathers are doing more housework and providing more child care while moms are working outside the home more often. Though neither has overtaken the other in their "traditional" realms, their roles are converging.

According to Pew researchers, 56 percent of working moms and 50 percent of working dads say they find it very or somewhat difficult to balance their responsibilities; however, mothers' attitudes toward work have changed considerably in recent years.

Among mothers with children under age 18, the share saying they would prefer to work full time has increased from 20 percent in 2007 to 32 percent in 2012.

Tough economic times may have ushered in a new mindset, as women in the most difficult financial circumstances are among the most likely to say working full time is the ideal situation for them.

FOX 9 News spoke with Beth Quist, director of the Working Family Resource Center, to get some advice on how to balance work and family.

Watch the video for more information.



1. Take time for yourself in order to have the strength to take care of others.

2. When you're busy, realize that getting out-of-balance is normal. Find your own unique ways to regain equilibrium. Don't be afraid to ask others for help.

3. Surround yourself with positive people. Knowing there is a trusted friend you can talk to helps to lessen problems.

4. Take time at least once a week for a planning session. It may be the most beneficial step to improve your productivity.

5. Conduct family meetings to plan activities and problem-solve together. Decide what is important for the family. Always build in "fun"


6. Have backup plans for child and elder care. Plan for "what if's?" Having a Plan Be (or even a Plan C) saves time, energy and frayed nerves.

7. Schedule regular exercise. Make it realistic, hold yourself accountable, and plan a reward.

8. In the midst of stressful times at work or home, take a minute to be mindful of yourself and your priorities. Enjoy the present moment.

9. Let go of unreasonable expectations and "shoulds."

10. Cultivate a sense of humor in yourself, your colleagues, and loved ones.

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