Surviving After-School Time: Meet Deadlines and Keep Your Kids Happy

Kids arrive home from schoolIn my school district, kids get out of school as early as 2:45 pm and as late as 4:15 pm. If you start working after the kids leave for school, you can usually get around six or seven hours of work done. Most people tend to work at least eight hours per day — so how do you deal with the after-school time, when work still needs to be done?
You may need to help the younger ones with homework or teach them study skills. You may need to switch into chauffeur mode to get the kids to sports, music lessons or club activities. Everyone has different needs and situations. With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of suggestions of things that you can do to keep your kids happy and meet your deadlines: Read More about Surviving After-School Time: Meet Deadlines and Keep Your Kids Happy

Surviving Spring Break Week with Kids

I love Spring Break… when there’s a trip involved. Alas, I haven’t taken a real vacation since Spring Break 2002. Sure, my family took a road trip from Dallas to San Antonio and Austin last year, but that was no vacation between the drive and a volleyball tournament (the real reason for the trip). If you’re one of the lucky ones taking a vacation, here are some tips for packing.

This year, one kid has driver’s ed classes for the week, another takes a test and some have a few appointments. So this Spring Break gives us an opportunity to catch up and do things that we don’t want to do during the school year. But that doesn’t mean the thought of the younger two staying home all week doesn’t stress me out. The 5-year-old and 10-year-old argue, then come growling or crying into Mom’s office.

So what can you do to manage kids during Spring Break if you stay home?

Study Shows Perks, Not Pay is Key to Attracting Talented Workers

Flickr imageA key issue staring companies directly in the eye is the ability to acquire and retain highly qualified workers.  This is especially true in the coming years as a main chunk of the workforce, the baby boomer generation, transitions into retirement.  As the baby boomers trade the day-to-day job in for their first Buick, they leave behind many job roles and responsibilities that Human Resources departments must backfill.

Deloitte LLP conducted a survey amongst technology and telecommunications workers to help figure out what keys points recruiters and HR should focus on in attracting and retaining talented workers.  Outside observers might jump to conclusions and quickly say more money is required.  However, the study shows that flexible working schedules and flexible working environments are more persuasive that financial compensation.

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