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Working Moms Your Personal Assistant is Just a Click Away

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My interactions with working moms has taught me that even the most organized ones are at the brink of mucking the entire thing up if they get just one more thing on their plate. And then, come the holidays... Indeed, the stress that moms experience during the holidays inspired the movie, "A Bad Moms Christmas", which is in theaters right now. There's a classic line in there where one of the moms says, "Moms don't enjoy Christmas. They give joy".

What's Trending in Working Mom News: Anne Marie Slaughter Has a New Book about "Having It All"

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A photo of a martini I enjoyed on a business trip while attempting to have it all... 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 articles about our careers, current events and celebrity gossip too. Even with the  Internet , 24 hour news shows and E!, it can be challenging to keep up with everything. Fortunately for you, I keep track of articles of interest to working moms. When I find notable ones, I share them with you. Below is one that sparked my interest about a discussion started by Anne Marie Slaughter that has become a book.  

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms

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 focus on the following topics:  workplace flexibility, fathers embracing more family duties. and the challenges working women experience in the workplace.  Why Companies Should Focus On Working Parents, Not Just Moms The article suggests that a lthough workplace flexibility started as a solution for working mothers, it’s an issue that affects all your employees.  DUH! This may not be a novel concept. However, the article is well written and may help you in your quest to obtain a flexible work sched

Reading on the Run: Articles of Interest to Working Moms

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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.    Articles of Interest to Working Moms  " Why You Should Hire a Mom "    This article discusses the benefits of hiring mothers, which are numerous.  It makes the case for why companies should hire moms and develop policies

Working Mom Request: More Companies Need Formal Flex Time Schedules

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October 15, 2013 is the first National Flex Day! Photo Credit: National Flex Day I work for a company that has no formal work from home policy. Likewise we do not have a formal flex-time policy. The absence of such policies is good and bad. It is good for employees who are courageous and have compassionate supervisors who can create their own work/life balance. It is bad for the timid, less confident employees who may have curmudgeon supervisors and are stuck trying to raise their families while working in antiquated work environments.  There have been a lot of stories in the media about these issues over the past year. Last year, at CEO Marissa Mayer 's direction, Yahoo disallowed working from home. Best Buy quickly followed suit. The decision of both companies was interesting considering that the general belief up to that point was that working from home increases employee productivity, work-life flexibility and job satisfaction .

A Peek Into the Life of a Working Mom: Finding a Hairstyle

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Having children changes you in numerous ways. There are the visible physical changes . Even if you are fortunate enough to "pop back" into your old shape, the fact that you gained 30-50 pounds, stretched your body beyond recognition and carried a living being inside of you leaves a mark.   Being a working mom is an exercise in balance.   The New York Times recently reported we have had "The Triumph of the Working Mother",   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/opinion/sunday/coontz-the-triumph-of-the-working-mother.html?_r=0 .  Despite that, most working moms are trying to figure out how to make it all work.   If you work full time, having to incorporate a helpless, albeit very cute, being into your life takes effort. Many working women, especially those in professional positions, have challenges with work/life balance before they ever become pregnant. Employers expect more of their employees and employees who are interested in remaining employed deliver

Balancing Work and Life (Guest Post by Jack Meyers)

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I am not really sure that having a healthy work/life balance can be done in my opinion. It seems like on occasions something has to fall between the cracks and you choose which it will be. I know that throughout my life I have had to choose on many occasions between my job and my children . That seems to be the biggest compromise there is when you are talking about work and life. Everything else can be pretty much put on hold until it comes to our children.   Throughout my work history I have watched how many people deal with this dilemma. Once in a while it was a man dealing with family issues but more often than not it was the woman who had a big decision to make. There were a few women I knew that were in positions of power and I was aware that their husbands would take on the greater role as caregiver. And I have even been privy to the couples who are both in positions of power that take turns in the family responsibilities.   Balancing Work and Life Depends

READING ON THE RUN: Articles of Interest to Moms and Working Women (Feminism, Sex, and Work)

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Below are four articles that I believe will be of interest to moms and working women. ENJOY!!!   The Anniversary  of The Feminine Mystique   This is the anniversary of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan , a book that is widely viewed as the feminine manifesto.   It may not have launched the feminist movement , but it did bring it more attention.   Indeed,  it is a book that has launched a thousand activists. It is also a book, as you will see in the articles below, that remains relevant. To be honest, I have never read it. However, I have benefited from it.  Also, like all women under 50 I have heard about it for years and its principles have influenced my life. Also, the reviews of it make clear that the attention that Ms. Friedan brought to the issue of the role of women in this country opened a lot of doors for women. For that reason, I decided to compile a few articles.   One is about the anniversary of Ms. Friedan’s book and the others are about issues affect

Returning to Work After the Holidays!!!

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Along with my holiday bliss I enjoyed a seemingly endless supply of dishes, laundry, and diapers. I thought that I would spend my holiday time relaxing and playing with the baby . I did some of that, but I was also REALLY busy! I quickly learned that when you're at home everyday there is no relief.  Instead, there is always something to do. I'm not whining, too much. I just thought that being home would be like hitting the lottery.  I thought that my presence alone would create order and peace in my house. Was I high??? Apparently my presence at home just disrupted the apple cart.  The baby was confused.  She liked having me home, but having me here made her unruly and disruptive at bedtime.  All of the work we did in the previous six months was unraveled.  And we were left with a whining, crying mess, previously known as our sweetheart. She also had vaccinations last week.  I thought that having the vaccinations while I was off was compassionate.  It may have been,