Getting to 50/50 – What We Gain from Working

blogI read & reviewed Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All by Sharon Meers & Joanna Strober a couple of weeks ago on Liberating Working Moms. Sadly, life got in the way of my sharing that giveaway with y’all before now. {But I’ve enjoyed this book so much I’m considering in the future giving away my copy because it’s that good.} So good in fact that I had too much to say for one post.

So while it’s still fresh in my mind, I wrote a follow up post for Liberating Working Moms about what we gain from working. Getting to 50/50 spends the first third of the book on this topic. I shared my favorites & why over on LWM this morning.

I feel like as working mothers, we often hear {& even talk amongst ourselves} of what we lose by having a career and family. Things like extra time during the day with our kiddos, the ability to sign them up for the early afternoon dance class, to make it to the 11a library story time.

In reading Getting to 50/50, I learned there’s a whole other side of the coin that we working mothers can & probably should focus on: what we, our spouses & our children gain by us having a job beyond motherhood.

Jump over to LWM What We Gain from Working with me to read the rest? I’d love to hear your thoughts {working moms & stay at home moms alike} on this subject.

Everything Else Motherhood

Just Keep Swimming

I’m channeling my inner Dora {from Finding Nemo for those not as big of fans as I} & using ‘just keep swimming’ as my current work mantra.

I decided to write about just how swamped & drowned I’m feeling at work these days on Liberating Working Moms today. {and yes, the irony isn’t escaping me that I’m taking a 5 minute break that I said I wouldn’t do to write this post.}

I’ve been drowning swimming treading water at work for a few weeks now. My attempts at staying on top of things, staying afloat if you will, much less getting ahead have all been in vain.

And while there have been times in the past year that I’ve felt similarly due to our vacations or my kids’ sicknesses, I don’t really have those excuses right now. Just seems like I can’t do it all at the moment.

And I’m not even talking about the state of our home. It’s my life from 8-5 that’s wild right now.

Click over to LWM so you can finish reading the rest of Keeping My Head Up.


Working Mom Weekends

As a working mom, I sometimes struggle to keep the balance on weekends. The balance of getting all.the.things done & having fun with my family.

I wrote about my working mom weekend experience on liberating working moms today. And I happened to put my words in action this weekend.

Saturday, I started laundry, got clothes out for this week & labor day weekend bag packed for the kiddos. Then we took off to a park & played & walked around a 2 mo lake followed by lunch out & a group Target run.

We took full advantage of a beautiful day & got home in time for the babes to take an epic afternoon nap while I read 11/22/63 & sold some of their outgrown clothes online.

Sunday, while J worked, my aunt & I took Lucy & Zach with us to church, had lunch at home, visited with friends who stopped by & played with their water table on the back deck. I stuffed diapers while Lucy napped beside me & while catching up with my aunt. Another day that was a perfect mix of getting {most of} my list done & soaking up all the fun with my toddlers.

How was your weekend? How do you manage to balance it all?

Everything Else

Give a Little Thanks {Liberating Working Moms}

It turns out I spend more awake hours in the day with my coworkers than I typically do with my family.

I’m over on Liberating Working Moms today sharing a few tips on how to give thanks to your work buddies.

Join me there?


Sick Momma Day {Liberating Working Moms}

In a fog of cold medicine & while in bed, I wrote a post for Liberating Working Moms. I’m glad that it makes sense & is filled with {mostly} complete sentenses.

Katherine has posted recently on the importance of us mommas taking our vacation time for ourselves. I love that idea & added it to my hopefully-one-day-sooner-than-later to-do list.

I think as working moms, our meager sick & vacation times are often used up in a flash of sick babies & daycare/school vacations. While those days can be exhausting & tough, we enjoy the snuggles & flurry of activity. But those days are all about our little ones. The time we’ve earned, our time, is rarely used by us, for us.

This past Wednesday, I did something for the first time in my 11 months of motherhood: I called in sick & took all day off for me. Not to play nursemaid to Zach, Lucy nor my husband. {Y’all remember I did that enough to go a little crazy at the beginning of the year?} Yesterday was all me. My first sick momma day.

I’m feeling a little better today thanks to piling myself with hot tea, cough drops & Tylenol cold medicine. And sugar cookies {because cookies make everything better}. I’ve love to hear what you do to make yourself get or stay well when you have a Sick Momma Day of your own.