How to Go to School, Work & Raise a Family

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Juggling multiple roles can be very difficult. Go to school, work and raise a family with help from an experienced parenting expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Christina. And this is how to go to school, work and raise a family. Juggling multiple roles can be very difficult. But if you have a plan and work that plan, you can succeed. If you're a very busy parent, working, going to school, and trying to raise a family. It's very important to have a plan in place. If you have a spouse or partner, talk with that partner or talk with your support system. And device a way to organize your days, so that you can accomplish everything that you need to accomplish. Stick to your bed time, stick to the time that you're going to get up. And then, work your calenders and timers to make sure that you're spending time with your children, getting your house cleaned. And accomplishing school work that you need to do. I love using a timer for tasks. You can set it for 20 minutes to do housework or do homework, or even to play with your children. Sometimes it's so hard to wrap your mind around, just sitting down and not doing doing anything other than focusing on your children. And having a timer set where you don't do anything other than interact with them. Make eye contact and talk to them one time a day can mean the world to them. Timers are also perfect for speed cleaning. Set a specific amount of time and then, just clean like crazy, picking up as much as you can, doing the dishes. Pick your tasks well, so that you exactly what needs to be done. Smart devices are a great way to keep organized. You can use a smart phone, tablet and laptop. Having your calender synced on all your devices, so that you're constantly knowing what needs to be done next. If a smart device is out of your reach, there's nothing wrong with a paper date planner. They do everything that you need and this size will fit nicely in a purse or a computer bag. Personally, I think the most important thing when being a parent trying to juggle multiple roles, is knowing when to say no and knowing your boundaries. Whether it's someone else trying to get you to do something that just can't fit into your schedule. Or even a desire that you have, maybe a goal that you have. If it's a smaller goal, a lesser goal than raising happy, healthy families. And accomplishing your work and school work. Then it's probably time to say no to it in favor of the bigger goal. Those things can come back into your life when you have time for them. In all of this, the most important thing is the support group. Communicating well with your spouse or family or friends. Whoever is around you that supports you in accomplishing your goals, who will help you meet those goals. Thanks for watching.

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