I attended a Work/Life Balance presentation at The John Marshall Law School this week. The presentation was the last in the Third Annual Justice Anne M. Burke Professionalism Series. Seven very different speakers (lawyers, doctors, law students, therapists) talked about work/life balance as they encountered it professionally and personally. A lot of what they said about parents and children truly resonated with me. As a new mom interested in raising good humans, a few things really stood out:
1. Don’t Let The Guilt Eat You Up.
Everyone feels guilty, whether you’re stay-at-home, part-time or full-time. Every panelist mentioned that it takes a long time to get to the point where the guilt isn’t running your life. But you will get there and when you do, it’s a much happier place for you and your family.
2. Follow Your Passion.
Find what makes you passionate about living. Do that, and the rest, with a lot of hard work, will follow.
3. Tend to Yourself.
As the moderator put it, “Parents, put on your own oxygen masks before tending to your children.” Take classes, make friends, work out, go on vacation – make yourself happy, whole and healthy before trying to make your family happy, whole and healthy.
4. It Takes a Village.
Several of the panelists pointed out that they could only succeed at work/life balance because they had help – husbands, wives, nannies, daycare providers, neighbors, grandparents, friends. Everyone chips in to raise your kids, because at the end of the day . . .
5. Your Kids are Good Humans.
That’s the goal. Whether you work 12 hours a day at home or 12 hours a day at the office, you want to raise good human beings.
Great speakers, great discussion. Thanks to Justice Burke and JMLS Director of Professionalism & Career Strategy, Justice Frossard. Here’s to raising important professionalism dialogue for us all to keep in mind.