Magazine article Working Mother

From Desk to Dinner

Magazine article Working Mother

From Desk to Dinner

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after a long day of meetings, switching gears to help your daughter practice multiplication tables can feel challenging. "most working moms find it difficult to leave the office behind and go from manager mode to mommy mode," says Deb brown, phD, a psychologist in Deerfield beach, FL. here, some tips to smooth the transition.

Make a list.

before you slip out of heels and into commuting shoes, jot down a quick office to-do list for the following day. "this helps jump-start your next workday, and makes you less apt to ruminate about office-related tasks at home," says Dr. brown. after you make your list, forget about it-until tomorrow.

Change your tune.

instead of listening to a leadership development podcast on your way home, opt for your favorite cD. switch into play mode before you walk in the front door. Your family will sense if you're still tense from work.

Plan for play.

if you worry about all you have to get done at home-what to make for dinner, driving your son to soccer practice- family time can feel like another job. Focus on the fun stuff instead, advises Dr. brown. plan for an after-dinner stroll with your family, and stop at the supermarket for ice cream so you can serve double-scoop sundaes for dessert. …

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