My answer is: You don't. Right now I leave for work on Monday night I don't come back for four days. The oldest pug has separation anxiety and barks all night, so we had to take care of that. The vet put him on xanax. My child is old enough now to make her own lunch and we share a car pool with the lady down the hall to get her to camp and back each day of the summer. Her dad picks her up and the other two kids who live down the hall and makes sure she gets to bed on time.
The laundry backs up. The pugs pee on the floor and no one notices for several days. The towels get left at camp so now we have no towels in the house. I spent 4 hours in the basement today doing laundry because I was gone all week working in Los Angeles and I live in San Diego. Crazy, yes I know. Work/life balance? What is that? This is my life and its not balanced at all but I like it. I created it.
You don't always have balance in life. But you find time to get things done and make it work for you. I got to the gym on my 3 day weekends to keep in shape and during the week I don't do much but go for a walk.
How do you balance it all? I don't. I pay for a housecleaner and whatever my husband can do for meals during the week when I am gone is fine with me. I work from home on Monday and I make sure I pick my daughter up from camp and spend time with her before I go to LA for the work week. I do what I can and that is good enough. Every week is different. I like the chaos of my life. My husband is very grounded, has a very stable corporate job and does not travel for his job so he is always here. My career is is in the fashion industry which is known to be unstable, crazy and lots of drama is par for the course.
It changes every week and that is fine. On weekends we try to stay home and spend time together riding bikes or going to the beach.
There really is no balance in the modern life, you just do what works for your family. Its not like it was in the 1950's where everyone had defined roles in the family. My balance means doing laundry in the basement for 4 hours on a Saturday night or taking the kid to a pub on Weds night so dad can have a beer. She likes the chicken fingers and fries and he can have his Pale Ale. Other kids are in bed but its OK. Whatever works for us. You find your own balance in this crazy modern life. #modernlife #work #life #worklifebalance #havingitall