5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning Mom

5 Ways to Thrive as a Breadwinning MomDid you know that moms are the sole or primary breadwinner in four out of 10 households with children? According to the Pew Research Center, women make up almost half (47%) of the U.S. labor force today, and the employment rate of married mothers with children has increased from 37% in 1968 to 65% in 2011.

The role of women in the workplace and home is constantly changing and the old tradition of mom stays home is being challenged economically and socially every day. Continue reading

Setting Boundaries You’ll Keep

I’ve been reading a lot about moms feeling overworked and struggling between career and motherhood and have listened to moms talk about it over the past few weeks. It’s so easy for us to strike up a conversation about work, motherhood and everything else in between. It feels good to know we are not alone with our struggles and our choices as working parents.

During a training I took last week, the topic of boundaries came up. The type of boundaries discussed revolved around setting boundaries with clients. How to be upfront, set boundaries as appropriate and then stick to them. Really, setting boundaries can be applied to ever aspect in our lives. Continue reading

Did You Take A Break This Week?

Being a working mom can feel overwhelming and stressful at times. Support is so important. I was able to break away for the evening Thursday night and enjoy dinner with a friend. I felt really lucky to do that after what had been a  pretty tough week.

I missed my babies, but I made it home in time to tuck my little guy in before bed. My little boo woke up in the middle of the night and I happily rocked her back to sleep, too. Those moments are priceless and so are the ones that give us the opportunity to connect with friends as well.

The truth is we won’t find the extra time to do those things we push to the back burner. A day is 24-hours no matter how we slice it.

We need to make and take the time to do the things we enjoy. It’s a great way to re-energize and reduce stress, too. I hope  you took a  break for yourself this week as well!

How did you get me time this week?





What’s Your Self-Care Strategy?

Stress, sleep deprivation, fatigue, frustration and the feeling of overwhelm. Shall I go on?

We’re working moms. We have responsibilities at home and the office.  We’ve become pretty accustomed to trying to manage the load and then maybe, just maybe we find time for ourselves. Self-care simply means to take care of you, even when you are taking care of others.

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5 Ways to Get Stress Relief

Are you stressed? We are under a lot of pressure these days. We are managing it all and refer to ourselves as “supermoms” in the making. That is a lot to live up to, at least for me it is.

Did you know that scientists are constantly uncovering the physical effects pro-longed stress has on a woman? There’s no denying when we are stressed mentally that our bodies are also stressed. Headaches, neck tension and even an interruption in menstruation are some of the issues to note. The list also includes some cancers and heart disease. Continue reading

The Great Balance Debate

Is it balancing? Is it juggling? Is it multi-tasking? Is it about focusing? Or is it just semantics?

I wrote about each term over the last year.   “Work-life-balance” has an interesting history itself. Simply put, it means that a worker has enough time to complete his or her commitments at work and enough time to also have a life outside of the office. With enough for both, you achieve “balance”.  I’m sure some people may beg to differ.

Some of the first enforceable employment laws in the United States were enacted in 1874 (in Massachusetts). Can you believe it was a law that limited women and children from working too much in one week? Don’t gasp yet because that limit was to 10 hours per day! Now you can gasp. Continue reading

Get Your Holiday Stress In Check

We’re in the swing of the holiday season. Are you feeling the stress as a result of all of your to-do lists? “Get Your Holiday Stress in Check” for the week is brought to you by Nana Poppins!

Nana is a grandmother of five and knows a thing or two about pulling it all together for the holidays. She provided some great tips on how to juggle it all in a low-stress fashion and listed fabulous gift ideas made easy. Continue reading

Oh where oh where did my old body go…

…oh where oh where could it be?I had a beautiful, healthy 8lb baby girl. Yay! Now, will my body ever get back to the way it used to be? If you’re like me, you wanted your body back the day after you had your baby. Yes, it took nine months to create your little bundle of joy but to know it might take just as long or longer to get your body back is agony for any mom.

When I was just about 8 months pregnant, I remember a fellow mom explained to me how difficult it was to lose weight and get back in shape after her babies. She laughed as she explained in detail how she did it after each pregnancy. It was almost like, “Ha, ha, been there. Done that. Oh and good luck.” Not supportive to say the least. The last bit of salt in the wound was when she told me I might never get there…while laughing! Not cool.

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Sleep Deprived?

I am! I wonder how my body can function after the cumulative lack of sleep I’ve experienced since my first child was born. Anyone else in the same boat? If you have little ones under four years old, I am going to guess that is a loud, “Yes!”

I came across a study that revealed the stats on how Americans spend their time on average, on a given work day. The study included Americans with kids. I was shocked that the time spent sleeping on average was 7.6 hours. Those lucky people! I would say my average is 6 hours a night, but the sleep occurs every 1 to 2 hours at a time. The night goes something like this….wake up, feed baby, go back to sleep. Repeat. Continue reading