Monday, March 11, 2013

Liberating Working Moms

I am honored to have worked with Tracy from Liberating Working Moms on an interview about what it's like to be a mom working full-time and raising a toddler. Not only does Tracy know first-hand since she is raising her daughter while teaching and more, but she is the brain child behind Liberating Working Moms (LWM), the go-to resource for busy moms.

When I first went back to work after having our son, it was refreshing to turn to the LWM blog for ideas and advice. What I love most about this network is that LWM parents blog with integrity and without judgment. Although conversation and opinions are welcomed and encouraged, it is not a place to wage mommy wars. I have made many new bloggy friends through LWM that offer so much wisdom and support. Please, if you haven't come across the site before, take a minute to check it out: liberatingworkingmoms.com.

I'd like to leave you with an excerpt from my interview, where I talk about how to keep perspective, tips for a healthy work-life, and how to convince your husband to do the dishes. I hope you will share your thoughts with me by leaving a comment below, as well as on the Liberating Working Moms site. Right before posting this I was on the phone with a friend of mine who's added an adorable newborn to her mix of managing life in Florida with a soon-to-be four year old and a loving husband, and I am reminded how important it is and how grateful I am to have a supportive network of friends who you can cry and laugh with, no matter what the topic.


"To me, perspective is about maintaining an optimistic attitude and considering the “bigger picture.” When I think about what I want my life to look like it helps me feel less guilty about taking steps to make the dreams I have for my family’s future a reality. I also have great examples in my life of working moms who keep it all in perspective – they talk about the “joys” of pregnancy, pumping, and raising kids like they are writing a magazine article – realistic and funny, not full of negativity (who wants to read that?). I feel more connected to those friends and co-workers because even when we have more demands than is possible to accomplish, we lean on each other for a good laugh and get through it."

Here's the link to my full Q&A: Featured Working Mom: Jes' Delights

Non-cooperative toddlers make for funny photos at least. 

Thanks as always for reading!

4 comments :

  1. Great interview! I really like the part about working as a team with regards to the household chores. I think it relieves a great amount of stress when both partners are able to complete the same chores around the house, rather than the traditional "I clean the kitchen, he mows the lawn" division of chores. When both know how to use the vacuum (or atleast locate it!), cook a meal, and change a few diapers, I think it creates a nice balance!

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    1. Yes!!! I agree, and think it's important to be well-rounded, even when it comes to mowing vs. vacuuming :)

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  2. Another great interview Jes! I love your advice "To me, perspective is about maintaining an optimistic attitude and considering the “bigger picture.” When I think about what I want my life to look like it helps me feel less guilty about taking steps to make the dreams I have for my family’s future a reality. It’s like training for a marathon – you set goals and work hard to reach them and that vision mitigates the pain of training." I think this applies to stay at home mom or dad as well who perhaps have sacrificed a career to work towards the bigger picture in the best interest of their family. I would love to hear more tips on staying organized at home and love to read about how you and hubby accomplish the never ending chores.

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    1. Aww, thanks Jess! Yes, I completely agree that perspective matters for all parents. Personally I just know it helps me make it through, especially on crappy days when it feels like the weight of the world is falling down on you. Making sacrifices really starts in your partnership/marriage and then when kids come into the picture, you sacrifice even more, but it is all for the better good, so it's hard, but leaning on each other for support does help, so thank you for being part of my support "system"! Goodness, I don't know if I have many tips on the chores, but I will try. I do highly suggest letting your husband do the dishes. It also saves on manicures ;) Thanks for your support and for leaving a comment Jess!

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