Friday, February 20, 2009

Managing Extra Curricular Activities

Just as I was considering violating my own one-activity-at-a-time rule for my children (can they handle lacrosse and soccer in the same season? Can I?), I saw some great tips from Leslie Minnema in the Washington Post for managing your children's busy schedules:

Between soccer practice, the school newspaper, dance classes, saxophone lessons, math tutoring, scouts (and the list goes on), kids these days try to take on it all. But being too busy can eventually take its toll in the form of stress, anxiety, strained relationships and lagging schoolwork. offers these tips for busy families to keep it all straight -- without overdoing it:

  • Agree to some limitations, such as one sport per season or two to three activities per week.
  • Schedule in afternoons and evenings just for homework.
  • Keep a calendar to stay organized, and post it in a common area where everyone has access to it.
  • Allow for kids to miss a lesson, practice or meeting every now and then -- to catch up on schoolwork or just relax for a bit.
  • Carpool with other parents to share some of the chauffeuring responsibilities.
  • Create family time, whether it's dinner at home or a weekly game night, where everyone can be together and not rushing off to another activity.
  • Know when to say no. If your child is already super busy but interested in a new activity, discuss with them the possibility of dropping something else.
  • Make school a priority. If grades start falling, extracurriculars need to be re-evaluated.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Attention Moms Returning to the Workforce!

Momentum Resources will hold it's first Northern Virginia Candidate Coffee on Thursday, March 12, 9:30 at Spill the Beans in Alexandria. This event will focus on mothers returning to the workforce after having children, and will feature:
  • Christine Fruehwirth of FlexCareers Consulting, discussing Top 5 Do's and Don'ts for Re-entering the Workforce
  • Wendy Pilch, aka Spendalla, will tell us how to revamp a pre-baby professional wardrobe with affordable and stylish pieces.

Join us for coffee, networking and lots of great information about returning to the workforce. Please email if you plan to attend.

Spill the Beans, located at 1900 Elkin Street, is a Mount Vernon neighborhood organic coffee shop that offers delicious coffee and snacks and hosts a variety of entertainment, from childrens story hour to open mic

Spendalla's Wendy Pilch has been a stylist and personal shopper for more than 13 years. Also a mother of two young children, she helps her clients work within a budget to find outfits that complement their own personal styles.

Flex Careers Consulting's Christine Fruehwirth is a professional and life coach focusing on women who are transitioning back into the workforce or who are looking for more work/family balance in their existing careers.