Debra Purcell-Regis – How to Work Full Time and Be a Mom

Posted: November 18, 2015 in Sports and Education
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As a full time educator for over 25 years and a mother of two, Debra Purcell-Regis found many helpful practices every mother should also use in their day-to-day lives. Since 1991, Debra nurtured two children to maturity and also worked full time as a teacher in the local school district. During those years she found that using scheduling tools, leveraging support from the entire family and creating a systematic approach to her family meals greatly helped her day-to-day life of juggling motherly duty and professional ambitions.

As a mother, you’re often at the center of numerous familial obligations. From preparing dinner to organizing the family Christmas reunion, it is clear that homemaking is a profession all on its own. Debra’s strategy in managing her family obligations is built around collaborative scheduling. Using a kitchen whiteboard calendar, Debra asks her children to write down upcoming events. On a daily basis, Debra would use her phone to finalize events in her own personal calendar. Simple daily habits like planning for the week or writing down events as they’re first scheduled help Debra manage her day-to-day time commitments.

In addition to her calendar system, Debra also leverages her family to work together on preparing dinner, making appointments and maintenance of the house. Once her oldest son was of age to drive, it became his responsibility to pick up his younger brother from school. Correspondingly, her youngest son was responsible for garbage and maintenance of the guest bathroom. This divide and conquer approach enabled her family to take on responsibility so that the burden can be shared and the whole family could work together around any sort of scheduling trouble.

Finally, the process of managing the family food supply was a constant challenge. With two sons and a husband, the house was in constant need for food to be provided every day. As a result, Debra created a monthly process of restocking grains, meats and other snacks that could be purchased in bulk. Correspondingly, twice a month Debra would also have open tasks to gather fresh vegetables or fruit where necessary. Creating a systematic approach to her family meals also significantly helped Debra Purcell-Regis manage her time and family.

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