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Sometimes Working Moms Who Lean In Get Pushed Back

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On top of the highest building between Chicago and New York Referring to leaning in, "[s]ometimes that s- -t doesn't work." -Michelle Obama Michelle Obama made a comment on her book tour that shook up the internet. She said out loud that leaning in doesn't always work for working moms. Her language was more colorful, which is part of the reason people were shook up. (To read what she said, please review the links below.) However, the notion that one of the most powerful women in the world would publicly acknowledge that hard work alone wouldn't result in automatic success was a bold statement.

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (Working, But Not Leaning In)

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A working mom and daughter As I wrote earlier in the week, some friends of mine are being featured in a new Reality TV show about their lives called, " Love Thy Sister ". The show, which premiered on Thursday is a refreshing view about the joys and challenges of family. Each of the women is a mom. And each has her own approach to motherhood.  While they are embarking on a new entrepreneurial venture, each of them is a hands on mom and has allowed motherhood to become her primary responsibility while her kids are young. It got me thinking about how this traditional, yet modern, approach to motherhood plays out for a variety of women in an age where Sheryl Sandberg and others place great pressures on working mothers to "lean in" to their careers. If you are a working mom. I give you permission not to lean in, unless you want to.

Working Moms, Overwhelmed and Dreaming of Hitting the Lottery (#WorkingMom)

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I was watching “Jeopardy” the other night and heard Alex Trebeck ask, “Have you ever just wanted to get away from it all?” It was the introduction for a contest that they are running, but it got me thinking about me and my sister working moms. I venture to say that many of us, Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer excluded, want to get away from it all, a lot! A lot of us have failed to structure our lives in such a way that they are really working for us. Yes, we go to work, collect our paycheck and raise our children, without losing our minds. However, we feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and constantly pressed for time. We view weekends as our reward for a working hard all week and we drown our sorrows in wine and dark chocolate. Occasionally, we may even buy a lottery ticket as a way to dream about a different type of life. Our vacations give us a glimpse into what that life might be like. We can live the type of lives that we choose to live. What if instead of dreaming about a d

Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All (Book Tour)

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(I received two books as part of this book tour.)   I had the honor of being asked to participate in a virtual book tour for Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All , by Joanna Meers and Sharon Strober.   This book is all about trying to help working mothers make decisions to improve their effectiveness at work and at home. So, I was excited when I was asked to participate in this tour. The premise of the book is that if women can equally divide household duties they can remain employed full-time, raise their children and achieve happiness. Marry the Right Man, Have the Right Life