Doctor Moms: Is the Work-Life Balance a Myth?

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Doctor MomLong hours. Split-second decisions. Caring for the sick. Staying on top of the latest developments in medicine.  The pressures of being a doctor are many, and my day isn’t over when I go home – that’s when I focus on my kids. I feel like I have two full-time jobs, both very important to me. I strive to do my best at both and still achieve a balance between work and family. Unfortunately, that is sometimes easier said than done.

Here are the top ten things I’ve learned about the work-life balance:

  1. Do not lose your sense of humor.
  2. Every day requires prioritizing and a plan.
  3. Make peace with your choices.
  4. Learn to let things go.
  5. Accept or enlist help where you can.
  6. Your kids will be happy if you are just there. Every minute with them does not need to be busy.
  7. There is not one right way to do everything for your kids.
  8. Do not feel guilty that you are not able to be there for everything. Guilt wastes valuable energy and time.
  9. Make sure your children understand your job is important, but not more important than your family.
  10. Take care of yourself so you can better take care of others.

I may be away from my children more than I’d like, but I believe I am a better mother overall because of my work as a doctor.  I am more present at home because I work, and I am more present at work because I am a mom. I enjoy interacting with other professionals and learning new things which might prove helpful for my family and  I am optimistic that I am a role model to my children. My kids are happy when I’m happy which makes our time together that much better.

How about you? How do you maintain a work-life balance?

 

 

 

 

 

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