It’s Our 4 Year Anniversary (& we have an awesome giveaway!) #Foxwoods

Sep 1, 2015 by

Today, Sept 1st of 2015 is CT Working Moms 4-year anniversary. On this day 4 years ago, after developing the site while out on maternity leave with my daughter, the site went live! I am so proud of how much we’ve grown over the years and that we’ve really become this little spot on the internet where you can come read out the reality of our lives in a non-judgmental space. All of our writers are phenomenal human beings and they make this space the loving, supportive place that it is. I really want to say a public thank you to all of them for being so courageous in sharing details of their lives with all of us. We’ve said for a while now that when we tell the truth about our lives it helps other people to realize they aren’t alone. And I’m so happy that each of us continually challenge ourselves to be more vulnerable in our writing.

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Summer Playlist – The 12 Best Songs for the Beach Bound

Aug 17, 2015 by

FINALLY! We’re leaving for vacation. With me starting a new job earlier this year and my husband deep into a major work project, we almost missed out on our usual week at the beach…almost. Managing to squeeze one week in before school starts again was a major feat, but we did it! To get us all in the mood I created a the ultimate playlist to kick off a summer beach vacation….here goes!

School’s Out for Summer by Alice Cooper

Vacation by the Go-Gos

Hot Hot Hot by Buster Poindexter

Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

California Gurls by Katie Perry

Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys

Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Saturday in the Park by Chicago

Mexico by James Taylor

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Tips for Sending Your Kid to Sleepaway Camp

Jul 10, 2015 by

It usually begins around Memorial Day.  My Facebook feed starts filling up with articles touting the benefits of a ’70’s-style “free-range” summer for kids.  Remember those? Out from dawn to dusk, pick-up sports games and hide and seek in the dark, riding in the “way-back” of the station wagon-without seat belts. Good times, for sure! Give your kid the gift of benign neglect, they say…well, I work full time. So according to some people, I’m already ahead of the game.

Being a working mom precludes giving your kid the unstructured summer of your youth. There are no lazy days just lying around the house or impromptu trips to the beach or the park. But there is camp. And although there’s structure, it doesn’t mean that there’s a formal plan in place. This is why camp works for us.

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The One Lesson I Want My Son To Learn: Be True To Yourself

Jun 12, 2015 by

When I think back to my twelfth summer, I think about how I felt – shy, and unsure of myself. I had just finished 6th grade and my best friend, Patricia, was spending the summer with her mother’s family in Ireland.  Our separation was a strategic play by her parents – she and I were both quiet girls who were content in our bubble of pop music, Judy Blume books, and episodes of the TV show Dallas. Her parents wanted her to have a bigger social circle and thought that splitting us up for a summer would do both of us some good.  I suppose it did, although I didn’t realize it at the time – while I was fine with my books, babysitting, and AM radio for a couple of weeks, I quickly realized that if I wanted to have any kind of social interaction with kids my age, I would have to hop on my bike and seek out the other kids in the neighborhood myself. That summer opened a whole new world to me, but also introduced some challenges that included navigating boys (icky but interesting), the intricate social structure of neighborhood kids (bullies and all!), and trying to figure out who I was in the process.

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Raised by a Connecticut Working Mom: True Confessions

May 12, 2015 by

I had the exciting opportunity to interview two men, each of whom survived his childhood being raised by a Connecticut Working Mom.  Find out what mattered to them and what did not, whether they were scathed or unscathed, and how all the things we all worry about constantly regarding our kids and their growing up experiences are viewed through the eyes of these adult survivors!

D is a 34-year-old systems administrator at a Connecticut company.  He is married and has one child, with one more on the way.  A is a 29-year-old manufacturing engineer who lives in Rhode Island with his wife, who is expecting their first child.

Me:  Thank you for giving moms your perspective on what it was like to have a mother who worked outside the home while she was raising you.  This is an important service you are providing, because there is so much angst among the moms I know about whether they are doing the right thing, no matter what it is they are doing!  Here are my questions:

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