Work Life Balance: We Need a New Conversation

The kid lost her cell phone. Last we can tell, she had it a week ago Sunday at 10:24 am when she sent me a smiley face text.

A few days into the next week, no phone found. "Ok, no new phone for 2 years." Oh so the drama, right? My frustration was not with her or even that the phone was missing. I was frustrated that I couldn't piece together what I had done yesterday, let alone a week ago on the day the phone was last seen. 

Work. Life. Balance. The "there's no balance about it" conversation plays out with a common voice of struggle that sways between wondering how we can get it all done, accepting we can't and back to honoring the choices we make.

All in all, it's rather disempowering to me.

Form follows function, actions follow words yet the conversation is 50 shades of the same. I want something different; I want something more than a working mother's manifesto.

Is it about taking the moments of our lives and separating them from this conversation? What if the moments of our lives were actually the answer - and not the question?

I am caught in a loop of my own and it'll take nothing less than a complete change in the conversation <and some action> for me to break free. So, I have a question for you:

When it comes to work life balance, who is talking or writing about this in an empowering and completely different kind of way?

We need a new conversation. There is a Samsung Intensity metallic blue cell phone replacement (and my psyche) on the line.

Cell Phones and Parental Controls: A Day In The Life Sunday

A few weeks ago, week the kid was pining for a cell phone. Actually, it's been a few months now but she kicked her efforts up a few notches recently with Christmas and her 11th birthday in sight. Today, she has a metallic blue phone of her very own - fully personalized the way she likes it.

What gives? No, it wasn't slide show she put together on "Why I Need a Cell Phone" <although it was a nice touch> that changed our minds. We started swaying that way after I lost the kid and just last week, it became the right time for us. She's swimming 3 nights a week at a local high school pool and is involved in early morning school activities.

Now that she has the phone, I am finding that I like the piece of mind and the cute texts I get from her before and after school. I will have to take a closer look at the 50 text messages to that one friend though . . .

So, she has the phone with unlimited texts but no internet connection <yet> and I am looking at parental controls for now and for when she get greater access.

I am going for controlled independence. Is there an app for that?