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Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms (Childcare options)

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 two that sparked my interest. They each focus on the topic of childcare. For most working moms, childcare is their largest expenditure.  Indeed, now that I have two children, I pay more for childcare than I do for my mortgage, heath care, or my phone bill.  It makes sense that I do this because my children are my greatest blessing.  However, I have resources.  I have a really good job. And I have a husband.  So, while I pay a lot in childcare costs, I can make ends meet.   I am blessed. Child care during the summer is

Most Working Moms Find Snow Days Challenging, but not Bethenny Frankel (#enoughalready)

"SNOW DAY!!!" — Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) February 3, 2014  (Twitter)   I read this tweet by Bethenny Frankel the other day. “Snow day” followed by three exclamation points suggests that she was happy about it.   I love Bethenny, and I also come from a "place of yes".  However, the enthusiasm with which she made this Tweet reminded me that even though she thinks that she like the rest of us working moms she is not.   This Winter Has Been Long and We Are Over It This winter has been cold and long, even though it’s only the first Monday of February.   And the average working mom has lost her enthusiasm for snow days.   Indeed, she has come to despise them. Working moms cleave to their schedules like a starving man cleaves to a loaf of bread.   And this bad weather has made life unpredictable.   The snowy days have been interrupting her work schedule, depleting her PTO days and made it nearly impossible to plan anything.   Indeed, controlling the weat

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Coping With a Sick Child

Toddler under the weather in too small pajamas There are many days that I wake up ready to conquer the world. Today is not one of them. I have learned that my mood is directly tied to my daughter’s well being. And she’s been under the weather for the past two days. She has a stuffy nose , a fever, and her spirits are low.   I don’t have the other symptoms, but my spirits are low too. I have found that I cannot function without her being in a good mood. When I am sick, I am all about applying mind over matter.  Everybody knows that when mommy is sick, there is still a lot of work to do. (Check out " When Mommy Is Sick She Still Has Work to Do ".) However, when my daughter is sick I cannot function. It seems silly that my world becomes disrupted by what appears to be a common cold. Logically, I know that children get colds, especially those like her who have been coddled at home with a nanny for nearly three years and then are thrown into the rough waters of pre-

A Peek Into the Life of a Mommy Blogger: Braving the Snow to Find a Pre-School

Last weekend we had a heatwave. This morning I woke up and saw lots of snow outside of our window, which was no surprise.   Last night snow blanketed Pittsburgh .   It kept coming and coming and coming.   I don’t often leave work early, but I left at 2:00 because I had late afternoon conference calls and didn’t want to get stranded at work. Also, as a working mom I needed to get home in time to relieve our nanny. The quickest way to get on her bad side is to get home late on a Friday night! I thought leaving early would be a safer option. Although I was blessed to make it home safely it was a journey full of slips and slides. In a word it was scary! Photo from our window this AM (after they cleared our walkway).   Despite the Winter Storm Advisory We Went Out I would have loved to have stayed in all day and remained warm and toasty. However, there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my daughter!