Friday, February 21, 2014

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (Happy Friday-#TGIF)




English: An artist's depiction of the rat race...
English: An artist's depiction of the rat race in reference to the work and life balance. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_race Made with following images: http://www.openclipart.org/detail/75385 http://www.openclipart.org/detail/74137 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 
Successful working women keep track of important matters in the news. However, we are not one-dimensional. Some of us also want to keep up with celebrity gossip and fashion news too. Even in the era of the Internet and 24 hour news shows and E! it can be challenging to keep up with everything.
Fortunately for you, I make it my job to keep up on articles of interest to working moms and when I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below are three that sparked my interest. They concern self-care, creating a true collaborative relationship between working moms and employers (our interests are really aligned), and the hardworking mom that is often overlooked in the balance discussions and the debates about, "having it all".  Some working moms are not trying to "have it all". Instead, they are the "working poor" and struggling trying to make ends meet.  While I am blessed that I do not have that struggle--I am working in the field related to my education and make a good salary--the issues facing those moms are universal to us all.  A huge reason for their condition is that "women's work" is largely disrespected and under compensated.  All working mothers, especially those of influence (like our dear "mom in the struggle" CFO Sheryl Sandberg), should be interested in this issue.

Articles of Interest to Working Moms

 

Double duty with another working mom. Set up a ... session; Writing; Drawing. So, Moms, let's inspire one another; what did you do today just for YOU?


There’s a saying that goes, “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes…” This is never more true than for a working mom. Whether there’s reason to worry or not, you constantly think about other people’s perceptions when the demands of parenthood come calling; when you have to leave at precisely 5:00 because your daycare closes at 6:00, or when you have to take a day off because your child is sick. And it’s true – you can have the most understanding manager but unless they’ve experienced the balancing act between being a (primary) caregiver and a career, they just won’t fully understand it.

Many working mothers in America have no choice, but to do it all: They spend their days toiling away at department stores or cleaning other people's homes then rush home to take care of their kids.  They are our cashiers, administrative assistants and our childcare workers... 
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