Leave Work Behind

How to leave work behind to be with your kids.

Leave Work Behind

In this day and age of smart phones, emails, laptops and computers, it’s far too easy to blur the lines between family time and work time. But it’s important to leave work behind at the end of the day, in order to be truly available to your kids. And it begins with the commute home says Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Parenting Books. “It is so easy to still be at your desk mentally even though you’re driving home in your car. What I think a lot of parents like to do at the end of the day is just dump their brain. What you might want to do is get a piece of paper before you leave work and write down the five things you’re really worried about and then mentally and physically leave the piece of paper on your desk and deal with it the next morning.

Ann adds that “you can use the time in your car to erase your brain, and even if you’re somebody that works at home, maybe you take a walk around the block once and when you come back in you’re no longer working in ‘the office’. You’re at home now.” 

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Parenting Books. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show.

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