How to balance time between parenting and work

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How to balance time between parenting and work

I wrote this book on my dad because I was trying to get a better balance in my life between my relationship with my wife, my kids, with God, my friends, and work. The book is called A Good Man, because my father was a good man, and he found that balance. And after it was over, my daughter Molly said, oh, dad, I’m going to write a book about you when I get older. And I said, honey, that’s so cute and sweet. What are you going to call it? She said, An Okay Dad. So look, the bottom line is it’s a struggle. Finding the work-balance relationship is a daily struggle. I struggle with it. My wife Jeanie struggles with it. So I think it’s fine to acknowledge that we’re all struggling with it and to try to battle it every day. For me, anyways, it’s important to spend time with God, with my wife, with my kids, and with my work. And it’s hard. Some days I do better than others. But I think it’s okay to acknowledge that it’s a struggle. And it’s okay to acknowledge that some days you didn’t do as well as others.

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Mark K. Shriver

Sr. VP, Save the Children

Mark K. Shriver is President of Save the Children Action Network, where he leads an effort to mobilize Americans to end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths globally and to ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early childhood education. Shriver’s career fighting for social justice in advocacy and service organizations, as well as elected office, has focused on advancing the right of every child to a safe and vibrant childhood.

Shriver joined Save the Children in 2003, serving as Senior Vice President for U.S. Programs until 2013. In that capacity, he created and oversaw the agency’s early childhood education, literacy, health, and emergency preparedness and response programs in the United States.

Shriver was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1994 to 2002. In 1988, he founded the innovative Choice Program, which serves delinquent and at-risk youth through intensive, community-based counseling.

Shriver received his B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross in 1986 and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1993. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and their three children.

Shriver’s New York Times and Washington Post best-selling memoir, A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt.

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