Work-life balance is the new buzz word among professionals, especially working women, and specifically working women who are mothers. It’s a special place that exists somewhere over the rainbow where your work demands are in perfect harmony with your domestic responsibilities and, if you’re lucky, hobbies and relationships. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but this place doesn’t exist. At least not for me. And I’m pretty sure other working moms will agree with me.
Some things about becoming a mother I expected- waking up in the middle of the night, getting thrown up on, finding it hard to find time to shower – but other things I didn’t foresee. Here are five unexpected ways motherhood changed me.
My body doesn’t look as good as it did before baby, but I love it more
Gaining almost 60 pounds while I was pregnant left me with a lot of extra weight to lose after Tripp was born,
Meet Lizzy, the designer behind the children’s clothing brands Factor Eleven and Elevensies. Now a full-time, work-from-home mother, Lizzy used to be a nanny and Gossip Girl intern before she decided to spend her days caring for a giggly newborn while starting her own business (sounds easy, right?). Lizzy and I had due dates a day apart, and she made these adorable Easter shorts for Tripp. As a mom,Read more
Contracts come in all shapes and sizes. There are employment contracts, residential lease contracts, and Fifty Shades of Grey contracts (probably not enforceable).
Contracts are like written promises. And like promises, they can be broken, and when they are there are consequences (like that time Dave promised to bring me home ice cream when I was nine months preggo and didn’t deliver).
Knowing what you sign is important because contracts are legally binding documents.
In 2011, Megyn Kelly had this to say to Mike Gallagher, a political commentator who called her maternity leave a “racket”:
“Just in case you didn’t know, Mike, I want you to know that the United States is the only country in the advanced world that doesn’t require paid maternity leave. Now I happen to work for a nice employer that gave me paid leave. But the United States is the only advanced country that doesn’t require paid leave.
While it’s always sad to put away the holiday decorations, I was pretty excited this year to clear away the clutter and start fresh in the new year (probably because I put my Christmas decorations up in early November…). This year, I’m vowing to stay more organized at home and at work so things don’t fall through the cracks (like my car payment that was hiding in the “I’ll get to that later” stack of bills for months –