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Home Life – Unpacking What Home Means Now

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“Home Life” at Matthew Marks Gallery is showing through March 20th. Being at home has taken on a new meaning in the last 13-months. Conceptions of work-life balance have slowly been whittled […]

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The Work-Life Puzzle (Home Life – Unpacking What Home Means Now)

Are you having Work-life frustrations, desperations, and constantly taking wrong steps?

Have you ever thought of having a Life Plan? Probably you have heard of Life Insurance. Uh hmmm – Life insurance, to insure an asset called life? A depreciating asset using accounting standards? Or an appreciating asset – real estate, paper assets (including stocks, mutual funds, index funds, money market funds, bonds, treasury bills, etc), silver, gold, copper, currencies (Cryptocurrencies, cash in divers global currencies), commodities, futures, etc.

Or you are like the rich, and your assets consist of business holdings (not a job), arts & antiques?

Do you consider any of your asset classes as the safest? Like, the ones that are known as risk-free assets such as sovereign debt instruments issued by governments of developed countries? Okay, maybe you even have a well-laid-out plan to double your money within a time frame of say, 7 years. For example, investing your money at a 10% or 9% return, and expect that your money will double every 7.2 years (72/10 = 7.2) or every 8 years?

Is all of these thoughts bringing you Work-life frustrations, and desperations, which is making you constantly take some wrong steps, or having a less than ideal personal life, work-life, or family life?

Working assiduously on all of the above asset class options, which of the items below would they have given you a safe, risk-free Life Plan for? Uncheck any of the boxes below that do not apply.

  • Family
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal Finance management
  • Secured Investment
  • Assured Job-Career Growth
  • Fulfilling Hobbies
  • Travel & Leisure
  • Early Retirement

Do you have all that is required for a Life Plan covered? Or, all that you have is an on the go, work-life continuity plan?


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I Feel Like I Am Being Their Dad Rather Than Just a Parent

The wall of tradition is coming to an end, and millennials have cemented and taken on the mantle of gender equality. Fathers in general are more involved in their children’s lives more than ever before, and now with the pandemic even more so. And they like it.

But women still carry out more of the responsibilities at home. Women still do more housework than men even if they earn more money than their husband. The scales of society rules are still tipped in man’s favor, but equality is in the pipeline.

Simple things like not having to be in the office meant not having to be out the door before the kids woke up.

Not having to do all that has allowed me time to have breakfast with the kids, which is something really small. But now, I couldn’t think of not doing that.

It allowed my wife to be more relaxed going to work, knowing that the kids were being looked after.

I Feel Like I Am Being Their Dad Rather Than Just a Parent
Fathers in general are more involved in their children’s lives more than ever before. And they like it. Photograph: iStock

For many dads who may miss going to the office, being present in the family life “certainly outweighs” the rat race. This is what has always saw us struggling to get to the office for 8am.

A dad said, “the kids are enjoying having me around and I am enjoying being there and being more available for my family. These days, I am 100 per cent happier as a person and as a father. I feel sad in a way. And that is because I wasn’t around far more earlier in my kids life, when they were younger.

Giving individuals control over how to work boosts motivation. It allows them to produce quality work, and encourages a strong work-life balance.

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