About REworking Parents
“The greatest tragedy of the family is the unlived lives of the parents.”
― C.G. Jung
The most important lessons we learn from our parents never came from their words, but the examples they lead in their day-to-day lives.
Make sure your life is example you want to leave your children. If it’s not, well, it’s time to change that.
In today’s unstable times, many of us have to work while raising our kids. It’s unbearable to wake up, drop your kids off with someone else and not care about the work you’re doing. You wonder why you are spending your time away from your kids. At the end of the day, your regret follows you home. While you are putting your kids to bed, or helping them with their homework they can see how unhappy you are.
Wouldn’t it be better to show them that work can have meaning, and life in and out of work can be exciting and rewarding? You can be that inspiring. You can show your kids that fulfillment and work at home is not a myth, it’is theirs for the taking.
It’s obvious. The different parts of our life are all interconnected. So when you find the work that really plays to your strengths and ambitions, that keeps you growing and learning, it impacts you and everything around you-including and especially- your kids.
Your work and your life are all about you. They overlap. The more we separate them, the more likely we are to feel pulled in too many directions. It’s time to make choices that reflect where you want to be.
My name is Rachael Ellison. I help mothers and fathers manage and integrate roles as parents, professionals and as people and find purpose in all three.
Trust me. I know what I’m talking about. I’ve worked with 100’s of parents, live and virtually coaching them to create sustainable change and take control of their work and lives. I have consulting with dozens of organization to help them create cultures of engagement and productivity. I published a paper based on a survey of 600 organizations on how to implement a more effective work-life policies.
Over the years, I’ve seen that parents ask for the same things over and over again. If you’re still reading this, you’re also looking for:
- More meaning in your work, so that time at work doesn’t drag on. The goal is what Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls flow. Flow is when your skills meet your challenges. “Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.” That’s what we are aiming for.
- More excitement in your daily life, so you fully experience every moment this life has to offer – from the sweet moments of making the kids breakfast to the drive home with your hand dancing in currents of the wind from your car’s open window.
- More control over your life because you aren’t answering every beck call and finally honoring YOURSELF.
- And, of course, more fun time with your kids, where you play just as carefree as they do, because you’re confident enough to ask for that time from your employer – and not feel guilty about it!
I help parents find work that satisfies them (whether that means finding a new job or establishing some boundaries in their current one), that gives them purpose (which inspires their children to lead a similarly bold life), and that matters to their core values as a human being.