Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Abstract

Sarah, who subscribes to the mind-set that a woman can do it all – family, career, and personal fulfilment – is struggling with managing it all. Exhausted from working weekends, unable to complete family chores, and frustrated that she cannot find enough time to spend with her husband and family, Sarah is torn between her obligations at work and her family commitments. Her boss, Charlie, recently received a promotion as a result of her overtime efforts. Her husband, Gary, is complaining about her neglecting the family. Sarah is questioning her priorities. The boundaries between work and family time are blurred, and Sarah wonders – what am I doing wrong?

This case explores boundaries that arise between life domains and encourages students to question how boundaries are defined, the roles we play in setting boundaries, the conflicts that result from competing priorities, and to explore various strategies that can be used to reduce boundary conflicts.

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