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“I was brought up to believe I could do anything I wanted professionally and, of course, be a mother at the same time.  But I’m finding out that it’s complicated.  It requires a lot of thought and planning and I haven’t figured it out yet.” Maggie...

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New Study: Less depression for working moms who expect that they ‘can’t do it all’

Contact: Daniel Fowler pubinfo@asanet.org 202-527-7885 American Sociological Association LAS VEGAS — Working moms have lower rates of depression than their stay-at-home counterparts, but buying into the supermom myth could put working mothers at greater risk for depression, suggests new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. The study shows that working mothers who expressed a supermom attitude that work and home lives can be blended with relative ease showed higher levels of depression symptoms than working moms who expected that they would have to forego some aspects of their career or parenting to achieve a work-life balance. “Women are sold a story that they can do it all, but most workplaces are still designed for employees without child-care responsibilities,” said Katrina Leupp, a University of Washington sociology graduate student who led the study. In reality, juggling home and work lives requires some sacrifice, she said, such as cutting back on work hours and getting husbands to help more. “You can happily combine child rearing and a career, if you’re willing to let some things slide,” Leupp said. Leupp analyzed survey responses from 1,600 women, all 40 years old and married, across the United States. The respondents, a mix of stay-at-home moms and working mothers, were participating in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. As young...

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The afterwork opera

Since becoming a working mom, my afterwork routine has continued to change along with my son’s rapidly changing stages and schedule.  I’m pretty thrilled with our performance now that Don’s 2 and 3 months.  Don is now eating close to normal food and can participate in mini/hysterically funny conversations about his day at the dinner table.  He enjoys the routine of putting his bib and place mat in the laundry bag and runs eagerly to the bathroom to wash his hands.  Tonight, I was even able to lift some weights, cook dinner, clean the dishes and do a load of laundry all while Don watched an Elmo dvd. Being a working mom is like orchestrating a fine piece of music–lots of moving parts that need to come together in order to get the desired result.  Tonight, I liked the result!  Some nights I’m not on my game and other nights I don’t want to be the conductor, but tonight I liked the result! A beautiful evening with laughter and a complete...

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Family Fun Fridays!

Starting THIS Friday we’ll be posting about either an upcoming family-friendly event OR we’ll give you our own tips for some family-fun activities to do at home! Be on the lookout for this blog every single...

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Oh the Irony…

I scheduled my blog post that went live earlier today (about not feeling guilty being a working-mom) to automatically post about a week ago. Then, this morning, I felt badly dropping my little girl off at daycare. It was a combination of factors I think. Since we started her in daycare 5 weeks ago I’ve been dropping her off in the morning and picking her up after work. Then, my daycare provider hurt her back and was out of commission for a little while. She asked if my husband could drop the baby off before he goes to work (because he goes in later than I do). We agreed to do so temporarily, even though it did inconvenience us. Today was the first day in about 2 weeks that I’ve dropped her off before heading in to work and to be honest, I did feel badly. She is so happy at home with us and even though I know she’s happy at daycare too a part of me felt torn. This is the never-ending saga for working moms I suppose. My husband would actually love to be a stay-at-home dad but we simply can’t afford it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very happy to be a working-mom, today was just harder than...

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Let’s Be Real: I LOVE Being a Working Mom

Here’s an interesting post I wrote for WorkingMother.com —————————————————————————————————- Taking care of my new baby girl Lillian for 10 weeks was a great experience, but it only reinforced my desire to go back to my career. I missed adult interaction and using my skills and talents. While I love my daughter more than anything in the world, I also missed the life I had before she was born. I craved normalcy. I wasn’t sure how I would react going back to work. The night before dropping her off at daycare I barely slept. I had so many conflicting thoughts. Part of me felt bad about going back to my job. I would think about the fact that someone else would get to see her smiles and coos all day and that I’d likely miss many of her milestones. On the other hand, I’d think about all the cool things I do at my job and how much I looked forward to getting back to them. I didn’t know if I would cry every morning that first week back or if I would be OK. I’ve been quite surprised by my reaction. What hasn’t surprised me is that I miss her all the time and when I’m driving to pick her up I feel like a kid waiting to open her Christmas gifts. I am so excited to see her,...

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9 to 5 or 24/7?

Tomorrow, I begin my new role as working mother. I wish I could say I’m excited for this change but to be honest I’m petrified, reluctant and feeling a sense of loss. It took us some time to get pregnant. I wanted to have a baby more than anything and when we realized it wasn’t going to happen without a bit of intervention, it only made me want to hold that baby in my arms even more. Now, on the eve of returning to work, I find myself coming to terms with the fact that I’m still not ready to let go. While out on maternity leave, I made the decision not to return to my job of three years. I knew I wanted to be able to spend as much time with my daughter as possible and figured the whole making money thing would work itself out. The reality is, we need my income, and being a full time “stay-at-home mom” just wasn’t in the cards. So, I was fortunate enough to find what I thought sounded like a dream come true – being a cheerleading coach, something I had always wanted to do. I thought, what better time than now? And yet, here I sit, just minutes before the day I return to the workplace, something we as modern women are taught we’re supposed to want, and all I can think...

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Quotes

“The ideal situation for a parent is one that no one has – having a fulfilling job that requires you to work three days a week.  It’s better for the parents, because they get to spend time with the children and also have a source of pride and achievement – and income – outside the home.” Tina...

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“I was surrounded by plenty of working moms, including my grandmother, a pediatrician, and my mother, a writer and producer…I just thought, Well, that’s what moms do.  They work and raise their kids.” Maggie...

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