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Family-Interview BabysitterChildren are like treasures, precious and vulnerable, and as parents, women want to protect their gems as much as possible. Make sure your children are in good hands when you leave them with a babysitter. Interview caretakers and introduce your children to them before you leave home.

Relationships-Online Dating BuffetI had an online fish on the line for a couple of weeks but the short of it is, while that the fella wrote nice e-mails, and had a nice voice on the telephone, the line broke when he took me to a buffet for our first date. This is not the best place for steaming a plate full of romantic interest when the ambience is smothered with gravy, grits, and a passel of folks who are just concerned about how much they can pack into their gizzards for $9.99. I even broke down and told him I was a senior citizen so that he could get a discount on the tab. Who makes up this stuff?

I just couldn't warm up to him over my plastic glass of water and trying to figure out what line to get in with regard to the one-hundred fifty-nine food choices. What kind of a guy takes a gal to the buffet? I don't even eat at the buffet at Mexico travel destinations. It’s fine if you are ordering an omelet for breakfast but the rest of the meal choices are just that, choices. There are so many choices and I am a decision maker. So for $7.99 I chose the salad, seafood and seven glasses of water. Small talk after packing in as much as he could had my eyeballs swimming and looking for the nearest toilet. I struggle with going to the bathroom with strange men sitting across the table from me.

Family-BalanceMany women struggle to keep the scales of family and career balanced, and the weekend is hardly enough time to catch up on chores, rest, and parenting/spouse time, not to mention alone time. But it is possible to find that elusive equilibrium by deciding which tasks, no matter how big or small, are most important to you.

Relationship-Office GossipOffice dynamics are tricky, and women have enough to balance between home life and career deadlines. But when an office gossip pokes her nose into the mix, the stress of sticking up for yourself and others can become overwhelming. Here are three ways to handle the office gossip:

  1. Give gossip a definition. When gossip starts ask yourself, what is the gossiper's motive? Could it be that she is jealous of another employee? Perhaps by trying to pass off gossip as concern for another employee, what the gossiper is really feeling is envious of someone's quick advancement or favor with the higher ups. Secondly, consider if the gossip has any basis. Check the facts before assuming there is truth to the gossip. False speculation can lead to unnecessary accusations.
  2. Turn the gossip frown upside down. When confronted with gossip, encourage positive conversation. Set a good example for employees or co-workers by building each other up. Focus on affirmative qualities of colleagues, and if there is someone who is falling behind, volunteer to help out instead of talking about her work ethic behind her back.
  3. Remedy the situation at once. Gossip left to flourish will spread like a weed. If you hear gossip within the workplace, do not be afraid to stand up for yourself or your co-workers. Perhaps the gossip stems from misunderstanding or miscommunication. By talking through the issue–calmly, and privately–you can smooth out any problems and ensure that they do not continue to grow.

Crop Annual Steve Smith Golfing Challenge 2Kristian Grant doesn't mind rolling up her sleeves if it means she can help others and network at the same time. She has been volunteering since she was an undergraduate at Michigan State University. The experiences have been fulfilling and allowed her to network for her career and personal life alike.

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