Balancing work and home responsibilities is a challenge for most people. The good news is that there are strategies to reclaim control. Achieving a balance between work and home life takes effort, so you have to be willing to work toward it.

Seven Practical Tips for Balancing Work and Family

  1. Make work and family balance a conscious decision. Understanding this can reduce frustration and help you act to gain control.
  2. Write down family goals. Family needs change over time. Decide what is important and write it down.
  3. Recognize that jobs and responsibilities are important and that they sometimes take priority.
  4. Recognize the benefits of balance. Balancing work and family has pay-offs for children, home relationships, and everyone's future happiness.
  5. Manage distractions and procrastination. If you are at the office for 12 hours, do you really work only 10? If you are searching for more family time, it might be found here.
  6. Discuss expectations and responsibilities. When one family member is taking on too many responsibilities at home, resentments can build. Periodically discussing the perceptions of others can provide the awareness you need to consider opportunities and choices for work and family balance.
  7. Organize work. Improving your delegation and time-management skills can buy you time needed for family life. Learning how to put work down, say no, and let go of workplace worries are skills that are learned through practice.

A panel discussion presented by the Vandy Moms organization about balancing family and home life that was filmed on January 12, 2012 at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

Watch the video below to learn secrets to combining family with a successful career. The panel includes faculty, staff, and student moms--along with VU experts, sharing their adventures and answering questions about parenting and working at Vanderbilt.

Issues addressed included:

  • Asking for help and sharing duties with other family members
  • Support and resources for breast feeding and child care.
  • Recommendations for how to prepare for returning to work
  • Balancing a new schedule for parenting and work

Panel members include:

  • Stacy Bonner, Program Coordinator, Child and Family Center
  • Katherine Friedman, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Andrea Hewitt-Gibson, Program Coordinator, Faculty Senate
  • Carol Huber, Nurse Educator and Lactation Consultant, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital
  • Rhonda Laird, Manager, Child and Family Center
  • Traci Nordberg, Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Human Resource Officer
  • Kate O'Doherty, graduate student, Department of Psychology and Human Development
  • Margie Gale, Nurse Wellness Specialist, Work/Life Connections - Employee Assistance Program

Email Vandy Moms for more details on the Vandy Moms organization.