Work-Life Balance

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on May 22, 2014

in lifestyle

I have been a full time, married, working mom, for the past 20+ years. There has always been the struggle of trying to be good at all; raising my children and being a good mom, an attentive wife, and successful investor on behalf of my clients. I have certainly felt frustrated at times, that I was not succeeding at any of the aforementioned areas of my life. Yesterday, in the “National Review” email newsletter, there was a

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piece on women, men and the “work-life” balance. The whole article was very good, and resonated strongly with me. I think it will resonate with many of our readers, male or female. “There is a booming industry of authors and pundits — mostly successful women — assessing other women’s abilities to balance work and everything else: “Lean In.” “The Confidence Gap.” “Knowing Your Value.” “The Tiger Mom.” “Thrive.” Sometimes the theme is subtle, sometimes it’s explicit: American women, you’re doing it wrong! Read my book to learn how to do it right! “The stoic male approach may not necessarily be for the best; I remember an article that suggested modern society had women who talked with their girlfriends about work, relationships, raising kids, how to get ahead, and all kinds of useful subjects, and men who talked with their guy friends about sports. The result was women quickly improved various life skills, while men learned a lot about sports. But it certainly is an approach that involves less angst, self-doubt, and self-flagellation for failing to live up to some preconceived notion of how all of those roles should be fulfilled. “There’s a school of thought that argues that true “work-life balance” is impossible, at least on a daily basis, and that the more realistic approach is longer-term balance — i.e, some days, or weeks, you’re going to end up devoting more time to your work, and some days or weeks you’re going to end up devoting more time to your family, personal health, or other concerns. That’s not a perfect solution. But nobody promised us a perfect solution.

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