In today’s The Juggle Series (where fabulous moms share just how they manage to juggle it all), I interviewed Elizabeth Chabner, physician and CEO of Best Friends for Life. She graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1993 and also obtained a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard. Elizabeth worked as a radiation oncologist while raising her four children. With the support of her husband, she continued to pursue her love of sports (marathon running, open water swimming, tennis and golf) while balancing her career and family.
Here’s how she manages work/life/marriage and her four children, who range in age from 9 to 15.
What is your typical day like from start to finish/describe your work schedule
I usually wake up between 4-5 am, when my husband gets up for work. I return emails and sometimes exercise. If our eldest daughter has morning swim practice I drive her back and forth-- I usually try to run then, so no time wasted. Once the kids get off to school, I go to work. This means going into NYC for meetings or the hospital for patient care. I try to answer emails in big chunks or else I get too far behind. By 10 or 11 am, I check in with my staff at the warehouse, so we can set an agenda for the day. I try to get home by 3, so that I see the children when they come home from school. I have help with driving the kids to their afternoon activities. Sometimes it takes myself, a driver and my husband to get everyone around. Dinner can be very informal during the week. Between 8-10 the kids do their homework and I answer emails. I try to get to sleep by 10.
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