“I’ve thrown work-life balance out of the window” | Ivanka Trump puffs up some more

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

First daughter of the US President , Ivanka Trump is a pretty dynamic woman. In addition to serving as a top adviser to  President Trump, she’s also wife to Jared Kushner , and mother of three children.  Marking National Business Week, at a  luncheon honouring  small business owners she opened up about motherhood and the impossibility of work-life balance.

“I have, personally, thrown balance out the window. I don’t even strive for it anymore because I don’t like to intentionally set myself up for failure. I did that, probably the first two years of my daughter’s life, but I’ve actually chilled out a bit on this front,” she said, speaking on a panel at the US Institute of Peace alongside Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon.
“I think that balance implies a scale, which inevitably tips in one direction. And the challenge with children, so often, the levers are outside of your control,” she said. Ivanka also said she makes spending individual time with each of her three young children, ages 1, 3, and 5, a priority, and will not make work-related plans after getting home from a trip.
“This whole experience over the last several months I’ve been throwing myself into with the hope that I can have a positive impact. So there’s no way to really plan for balance,” she said, adding that acceptance is “an essential survival skill.”

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