Managing a demanding job and a sometimes equally demanding family can be hard work. You only have so many hours in the day and it can feel like your work and your home life are both competing for the same time and energy. This work-family conflict can have some seri ous consequences: for you, for your marriage and for your work. Learning to balance work and life is about managing the resources you have available to you and learning new skills where needed. But it's also about making tough decisions, choosing to stand up for your marriage and ultimately choosing which is more important to you: work or family.