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Evolution of Dad – work-life balance

May 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments · parenting, video, work

If you read my review of The Evolution of Dad documentary you will know I found the sections on work-life balance the most thought-provoking. So I was pleased that the nice people over there at EoD have made a short montage of extracts from the film on this subject (though actually missing the one that really got me thinking!).

To view the video, enter the password “workingdad”.

Dads & Work/Life Balance from Evolution of Dad on Vimeo.

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  • Audrey

    Thank you so much your sharing this. My husband and I really enjoyed the video. It's been a challenge for us managing our time, kids, ect. I've been learning more about prioritizing and choosing the right activities through Julie Cohen's new book, "Your Work, Your Life…Your Way." It's been an easy read and very helpful. Hope you can check it out.
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