Habits at Home (aka hug your kids — or your dog — or both)


Habits at Home (aka hug your kids — or your dog — or both)

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With September and a new school year right around the corner, it seems like the perfect time to think about habits at home.

When you come in the door from work, what are the first few things you do?  Do you complain to your spouse about your boss?  Do put on your running shoes and get some exercise?  Or do you hug your kids or your dog?

For the next few days, pay close attention to the predictable patterns that play out when you get home from work. Do they support you in creating a life that you love, both inside and outside of work?  Or are your “at home” habits derailing you?

In this “back to school” season, you may find the perfect opportunity to change your habits. Even if you don’t have kids or they are done with school or not yet entered school, there is change in the air every September. Let it buoy you along as you make positive changes to your at home habits, creating a life you love to live, both at work and at home.

What habits support you at home?

Let me know in the comments below.

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    August 28, 2017 at 10:04 am

    A piece of advice that I received from another working mom when my daughter was a baby was to come in the door and spend 20 minutes connecting with your kid before starting the evening routine. Read a book, cuddle on the couch, have a tickle fight or a dance party. . . .once you have that connection flowing again, you can each look to your responsibilities and chores for the evening. But if you don’t take that time to reconnect with each other, the whole evening can feel off and the kids will try to demand your attention in any way possible.

    Also, I was the person who said hello to you, Janel, in Wabun Park in Mpls a couple Saturdays ago! I was with my husband, my daughter, and her friends. I really enjoyed your sessions at Minnesota Housing over this past year! 🙂


      September 1, 2017 at 11:12 am


      Thanks so much for sharing this tip. What great advice! It is so important to get connected to your family, pets and home life after work (and leave work at work!).

      It was a hoot running into you at the park. I’m so glad you said hello!

      See you soon,

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