Working parents face a unique dilemma — to provide for their families, they must dedicate themselves to their work. But dedicating yourself to your work often means having to put the demands of family on hold.

Inevitably, the demand for your time, whether from your children or your work, will require you to choose between two of the most important things in your life. And making that choice often leads to feelings of guilt and frustration.

As if that were not enough, working parents — particularly working moms — often lose their sense of self amid the demands of these powerful external forces. They become so stretched by the constant stress of trying to balance family and work that they lose who they really are.

The result? Overcompensating over the weekend. Giving over either their full “mom” attention or their full “professional” attention, leading to a further loss of their own identity.

Finding your way through the feelings of guilt and compromise can be daunting, but with the right skills working parents can learn how to balance their work selves, their parent selves, and their personal selves. It’s all a matter of understanding your energetic perspective. Are you coming from a place of compromise? Or of anger and frustration?

Knowing what type of energy are you showing the world is the first step in finding your sense of balance. It is all based on your core beliefs and values, those qualities that drive you to be a better employee, better boss, and better parent.

At JI Coaching, the focus is on helping you understand what kind of Energy Leadership you bring to the world. Energy Leadership is a process that develops a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact. Our approach to coaching is to partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential—for their work, for their families, and for themselves.

Visit us today at www.JICoaching.com and let us help you find your maximum potential.

JI Coaching. Jeanette Iglesias, CPC, ELI-MP. 609-947-9086. jeanette@jicoaching.com. www.jicoaching.com. See ad, page 13.

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