Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Every Day We Are Teaching Our Kids Lessons

happy toddler
Our son, during happier times +pittsburghparks 
(Written last week. Thank God the Liberty Bridge Re-Opened this week.)

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that has three rivers running through it, which means that it relies on bridges to make transportation work. For the past three weeks one bridge has been down and that has brought the city to its knees, especially working moms. Indeed, ever working mom I know, even the super organized ones who always look great and have smiling kids, have a story about how the closure of the Liberty Bridge has wreaked havoc on their lives. The problem is that the 55,000 people who would normally be traveling across the Liberty Bridge are dispersed throughout the city searching for a way to get to work and the city simply cannot accommodate that easily.

This morning, my schedule was disrupted. I put my makeup on earlier than usual and planned to throw on a dress, get the baby ready and leave right after our daughter got on the bus. Well, the bus was 30 minutes late because of detours due to construction and the extra traffic due to the Liberty Bridge closure. Indeed, every day since the bridge closed has been a game of "When will the bus show up". That type of uncertainty is a curse for this working mom. I who rely on schedules like I rely on water—they are essential to my survival.

So, all of this uncertainty has me hanging on by a thread.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Friendships matter


I participated in a leadership program through the Mecklenburg County Bar Association early in my career. One of the other participants, a seasoned lawyer commented, "There is more to life than work and family." She was already a mom. I had not yet decided that motherhood would be a part of my journey. However, what she shared resonated with me.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Working Mom's Take on Work/Life Balance


"It takes a village to raise a child." -Unknown

This week I read two articles with interesting comments about being a working mom. One article pointed out that "Keeping Up With the Kardashian's" never shows the nannies who provide the help that allow those mamas to maintain their balance in their stilettos. (Here's the link to that article.)

Although I have never subscribed to the notion that moms who have help are somehow "less than", I did think that was a fair criticism. People had the same criticism of Sheryl Sandberg after she published, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.  Somehow Sheryl published an entire book about how women can advance in their careers where she discussed her husband and children and never discussed her childcare situation.

Many working moms were offended because they thought she was dishonest when she failed to admit that she was able to "lean in" because someone else was watching her kids. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Working Mom Tip: Lunch Box Ideas

A style of lunch box called a bento
A bento box (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We have completed two weeks of school so far. I have managed to feed my kids breakfast and prepare them with healthy lunches. They don't give a medal for that in the Olympics, but I think it should be recognized somewhere. I talk to lots of moms who are overwhelmed by providing their kids with healthful options when they have limited time, their kids have limited palettes, and they are short on ideas.