A Dad’s Guide to Work-Life Balance

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I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and a great job. However, balancing all three, along with some downtime for myself, can be a serious challenge. Here are my tips for dads who are trying to balance work with all other aspects of life.

Family time. Family time will always be my first priority. We have scheduled activities almost every weekend, but we also try to set aside time for some spontaneous fun. Even though my children are both very different, there are activities that allow each of them to explore their interests. We enjoy spending time outdoors {playgrounds, beaches, zoos}, playing Pokemon, preparing meals together, and taking road trips together.

Work time. I work as a Curriculum Facilitator for one of the largest school districts in the nation. This position requires me to travel locally, state-wide, and nationally. On any given day, I may drive to four different schools to meet with administrators and teachers, write countless emails, return phone calls, schedule future events, and meet with my team. It’s a very active position that requires me to do something different every day, which is a great challenge!  Just last week, I traveled to Washington D.C. for a federal policy symposium.

Living in Florida my entire life, I am not used to the snowy weather, so I headed to Starbucks for a hot coffee. It may not have solved my soggy shoe dilemma {I guess this is why people wear boots and thicker socks, not dress shoes and thin dress socks}, but it helped me thaw out a bit!

Snack time. Since I’m always on the go, it’s super important for me to be able to grab a quick snack that I enjoy, find a place with some free WiFi, and get computer work done. My solution? Starbucks, of course. I can grab an iced coffee as a mid-day pick-me-up along with the new Creminelli Fine Meats™ Felino and Manchego Snack Tray. Creminelli hopes to bring this Italian mid-day snack tradition to America in a convenient and accessible snack tray that is gluten-free and protein-rich. The meat and cheese are hand-packed in recyclable trays that are a convenient snack on-the-go.

Date time. Carrie and I have been together over 13 years. We still love to spend as much time together as possible, but since we both work full-time, we have two kids, and babysitting is a rarity, it’s a challenge to fit in date nights… but they are a necessity. We love getting a few hours to ourselves to enjoy a good meal, see a movie, or spend some time outdoors.

Fitness time. Time at the gym allows me to focus on myself and my personal goals. While I may not always be up for it due to some pain issues I have throughout my body, I try to push myself when I can to feel good about myself, physically and mentally. Besides, how else am I going to be able to keep up with my two very active children?

Work-Life Balance Tips for Dads On-the-Go:

  • Family time. Enjoy structured activities and spontaneous time spent with your children. Try to find places and events that allow everyone to participate.
  • Work time. Maximize your work time by keeping a clear schedule and to-do list. Try not to bring too much work home, and if you have to, set aside time to work after the children go to bed.
  • Gym time. Give yourself gym time at least 2 -3 times a week. This gives can give you some “me time” to focus on your personal fitness goals.
  • Date time. Set aside time to enjoy your partner’s company, even if it’s just a few hours a month. Your relationship is worth it!
  • Snack time. When you get a break between meetings, head to Starbucks for a quick beverage, protein-rich snack, and a quiet place to work with free WiFi.

Head to Starbucks and grab a Creminelli Fine Meats™ Felino and Manchego Snack Tray to enjoy with your favorite coffee drink. These also pair well with my favorite nuts {marcano almonds would be perfect} and fresh fruit {like Granny Smith apple slices}. Creminelli products are available to order on the Starbucks app for consumers interested in placing their order prior to in-store pickup.

How does Starbucks help you balance work and family life?

About Richard Wells

Richard Wells is an English teacher, husband, and father of two young children who lives in South Florida.

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