Working Moms - By Category
Support for Working Moms
Today's working moms come in all stripes. We may have part-time work, a full-time job, or a career that demands more than 40 hours a week. We may have babies at home or teenagers. What we share is our love for our children and the desire to excel at work and at home. You'll find support for working moms here.
Struggling with balance? The right solution for you may be part-time, reduced hours, full-time, a job share, telecommuting, flextime, or some combination. Remember to tend your internal balance and home life. Some days you feel sane and in control, and others like a failure as a mom and worker. Join the club!
Working moms negotiate office politics while keeping tabs on pediatrician appointments and soccer games. You can climb the ladder and still be a good mother, with some strategic thinking, relationship building and awareness of your boss, co-workers and workplace culture.
Child Care Issues
Child care. It's a minefield of emotion and guilt. Smart working moms know that the quality of child care can make or break a career. So take the time to choose wisely, and be alert to problems that may develop with your nanny, babysitter, daycare center or other caregiver.
Kids Activities and School
Working mothers face a special challenge when it comes to fitting children's activities around their jobs. From playgroups to the high school debate team, the trick is to follow your children's interests without letting them get overscheduled.
Manage Your Finances
Raising a child to age 18 can cost more than a quarter of a million dollars, according to government estimates. It's important to manage your finances. As a parent, you'll become an expert in explaining coins and allowance to your preschooler, negotiating a clothes budget with your tween, and saving enough to send your teenager to college.
Organize Your Home
Working moms can't survive without an array of timesaving tips and routines to organize the home. Ruthless efficiency is the watchword from the time you wake up until you collapse into bed at night. But you also should know when and what to let go, and don't forget to enjoy yourself!
Working moms rely on a network of family relationships to keep our lives moving smoothly. We need to nurture our friendships, children, spouses or partners, and other family relationships. And sometimes firmly but lovingly enforce boundaries in family relationships.
Working Mom Profiles
Read profiles of Michelle Obama, Sara Lee CEO Brenda Barnes, and more working moms who lead high-profile lives in government, corporate America or the media. Please suggest working moms to profile.
So many products claim to save busy moms time and money. Here's our take on the best bets for making your home more efficient and your career more successful. Not to mention book picks for the time-starved.