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NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses (CHILDREN)

My little man, JT playing at our park.

My little man, JT playing at our park.

Part 5 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.

My biggest fear is becoming THAT parent.  The one who is always working to better their spouses and kids lives only never to experience it with them because they are always working. The one who is constantly on their smart phone in the car, at the restaurant, texting, and emailing away. The one who is always on the computer who says “just one more minute” and then takes 30. Okay, so I have to admit, it happens from time to time. I am well aware of it and my goal is to always jump off the computer when my kid wants attention. This is hard if you have a home office.

Here is some advice. Have scheduled time with your kids that is just theirs. Don’t tell them this or it will become trite to them. You need to physically schedule them in and then do nothing. Leave your phone at home or in your car. Just hang out with them. I take Jacob to the park, the zoo, Disneyland. When I do work, I try to make sure he is busy with a project and when he gets bored I play with him. The other thing I have done is to have a mother’s helper. Part of the 10 hours a week that I have a babysitter/nanny I am also home. That way it is like a play date for Jacob with the nanny. He knows I am upstairs getting work done but I often come downstairs for a few minutes to kiss on him. I want to be a mom who is present. I am protective over this time. Tim and I take Jacob on outings all the time. We have “family day” 3 days a week where we do something fun together. If you do not set time aside for this you will be truly sad when your child is all grown up and you cannot remember his or her milestones because you were simply not there.

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Copyright © 2010 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com
Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
Jen O’Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547
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NOT Keeping Up with the Joneses (HOME)

Part 6 of the 12 part series on balancing your life.

When your living space is a mess you can be certain your life may be a mess too. I am the first to admit that I can be a pretty big slob. My office gets so piled up with papers and work and other photo stuff that it can be a little overwhelming to someone on the outside. I have very organized client files and computer files however I do have an issue with everything around it all. It is always feast or famine, one or the other. My husband thinks I have bi-polar disorder with my office. Sometimes it is out of control clean and some times it is just out of control. He always laughs when he comes home from work to see it spick and span. The first words out of his mouth are always, “We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.” Sadly he is usually right. So, I do need to work on this one. Our joint living spaces on the other hand need to stay clean. When the kitchen or living room or bedrooms are not clean, you better believe I can feel a strain in my life. This is by far the hardest thing for me, but I try and you should too. We all know how good it feels to have a wonderfully clean place to live and work in.

Click HERE to read how I tackle the EXTENDED FAMILY issue.

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Copyright © 2010 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com
Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer, Jen O’Sullivan is a boutique wedding photographer who specializes in portrait journalism.
Jen O’Sullivan Boutique Wedding Photography | 357 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211 | 310-494-6547
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