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    Posted March 12, 2013 by
    ahouser
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    Work and family: Making it work

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    Work and family have to go together these days. There has to be a commitment by both partners to fill in the gaps. In our household, there are no traditional roles. We both give 150% for the purpose of making our lives easy. If one is cooking, the other is attending to the kids. We keep the kids on a strict routine during the week. This makes it easy to manage a family where we both work full-time, and the husband goes to school at night. You have to make it work, and I cannot stress how important it is to stick to a routine. Our day begins with the kids getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and eating breakfast, while mommy is getting ready for work. Once mommy is done, daddy can start getting ready. Mommy does a quality assurance check prior to heading out the door. Crockpots are wonderful during the week to cut down on having to cook after work. Once all kids have been picked up, we get them in the house and start homework. For the kids that do not have homework, they can color or play until dinner. We make sure we have a couple hours with the kids each night. Sometimes, families lose track of this when trying to make work and family seamless. It isn't easy, but you have to work it out together. Husbands need to understand that they will have to clean, wash clothes, cook, dress the kids, or whatever needs to be done. It is no longer just the wife's role. In our family, we have recognized this and embraced it. Our kids are well mannered, respectful, and attentive. It boils down to removing the stereotypes of the traditional family, because in today's society, that has gone to the wayside.

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