The busy parents: Tips on how to achieve work-life balance

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Being a parent is a lifetime commitment, indicating that parenthood is the toughest job ever invented. However, it is also often considered to be the most rewarding and exciting experience for any person, especially among women. Such job has no one-size-fits-all formula as every family has its own unique needs and dynamics.

Having a family life is full of surprises and struggles especially if you are a working parent. It’s never easy to juggle and maximize your time between your kids and the demands of work. If you are like most parents, who have experienced difficulties in dealing with your daily routines and child-rearing responsibilities, here are five simple and helpful tips you might want to consider:

 

  1. Leave work at work

Transitioning your work mode to home-life is a bit challenging and stressful, both physically and mentally. Parents who are working long hours outside are less likely to spend time with their children. Family bonding is extremely important, no matter how busy and dog-tired you are after a long workday. When you get home, it is better to let go of work and spend quality time with your family.

 

  1. Find quality childcare

Most parents today are both working for a higher income to support their family needs. Nowadays, there are many independent couples who have lived on their own with no relatives around. Paying for a quality childcare provider may cost money, however, the peace of mind it provides is priceless. Thus, hiring someone to look after your child can be the best option and solution for you.

 

  1. Create a family calendar

When you have so much work engagements outside home, there may be times you tend to forget your family commitments such as children’s school activity, regular health check-up, a family event, or even celebrating your wedding anniversary. As a busy parent, creating a family calendar is an effective strategy that will help you organize your entire schedule for both family and work.

 

  1. Spend quality time with your partner

Beyond all the duties and responsibilities as a parent, you should also learn to prioritize your relationship with your husband or wife even when you’re both busy. Regardless of your grueling schedules, make sure to establish a daily routine and activities with your partner. Showing love and affection to your partner sometimes isn’t enough to strengthen you relationship–it’s about the constant communication, shared quality time together and appreciation.

 

  1. Improve and enjoy your social life

You have to realize that being engaged full-time in parenting and in your career doesn’t stop you from having a social life. Try to step out of your comfort zone and explore new things every day. It will make a significant difference to your life as a parent and as an individual. Everyone needs a “me time” for us to free ourselves from all the worries and anxieties of life.


The ultimate Caribbean spring break destinations

While your home country offers a long list of Spring Break destinations that can definitely make the best time of your college year unforgettable, the Caribbean promises you a vacation of a lifetime that can easily be summarized in two words: paradise and fun.

If you’re still looking for the ultimate getaway itinerary for your Spring Break vacation, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best Caribbean destinations that you should consider:

Nassau, the Bahamas

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Aside from being a popular cruise-ship stop and a major offshore investments center, Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas offers long lines of crystal clear beaches and a rich underwater paradise of offshore coral reefs. In fact, it’s a famous diving destination for Western tourists seeking the ocean life adventure. The city’s downtown area is also lined with chic hotels, restaurants, and boutiques. If your idea of fun is partying, it has a vibrant nightlife hosted by several local clubs and casinos.

 

Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands

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The British Overseas Territory is known as a primary cruise-ship destination because of its rich colonial-era ruins and attractions. In addition, the island’s beaches and colorful coral reefs also make the region of one the most preferred spring break destinations for those who want to experience both culture and underwater adventure.  The Grand Cayman is the best location where you can interact with nature, thanks to its calm waters in its beaches and shady trees around its old-growth forest.

 

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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One of the emerging travel destinations for spring breakers is Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana. While it still can’t compete with other Caribbean locations in terms of popularity, the island’s all-inclusive resorts offer the ultimate and overall fun-travel-party experience. The adventure does not stop there. The neighboring tropical rainforest offers the best outdoor activities from hiking, ATV adventure, and zip-line rides.


REPOST: Steel and aluminum tariffs trigger sharp stock market sell-off in US and Asia

While China only accounts for a small portion of US steel imports, its massive industry expansion has helped produce an excessive supply of steel that has pulled down prices. Read more on The Guardian:

 

World stock markets have tumbled after Donald Trump said the United States would impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum next week.

The threat of a trade war with China and higher goods prices led to a sharp sell-off in Wall Street on Thursday, causing Asian markets to take fright on Friday.

The Nikkei index in Japan fell 2.4%, Hong Kong and South Korea were down 1.6%, and the ASX200 in Sydney was off 1% in early afternoon trading. Asian steelmakers bore the brunt. South Korea’s Posco fell 3% and Japan’s Nippon Steel 4%.

Michael McCarthy of CMC Markets in Sydney said it was a “sharp reminder of the initial negative reaction to the election of Mr Trump … An explanation may come, but the initial market interpretation of the move is rank populism. The lack of structure makes anticipating further measures and possible responses to retaliatory moves difficult to predict.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average had initially fallen more than 570 points, with heavy losses for manufacturers like Caterpillar and Boeing. The index closed down 420 points and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both dropped on the day.

Trump campaigned on the promise of protecting the US steel industry but until now has done little to make good on those promises.

At a meeting with US industry officials at the White House, he vowed to rebuild American steel and aluminum industries, saying they had been treated unfairly by other countries for decades. The move is likely to increase tensions with China, whose top trade official, Lui He, is in Washington for trade talks.

“People have no idea how badly our country has been treated by other countries, by people representing us that didn’t have a clue,” Trump said at a White House press conference attended by executives from the steel and aluminum industries.

“Or if they did, then they should be ashamed of themselves because they’ve destroyed the steel industry, they’ve destroyed the aluminum industry, and other industries, frankly, when you look at all the plants, the car plants, automobile plants that moved down to Mexico for no reason whatsoever, except we didn’t know what we were doing. So we’re bringing it all back.”

His comments followed an early-morning tweet that said the steel and aluminum sectors needed protecting from unfair trade, which drove shares in domestic industries sharply higher.

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