I am a working Mom. I put in more than 40 hours at the office and come home to household responsibilities. I take my son to cub scouts and swimming lessons, and I go through spelling words with him at night. I would like to think that our lives are pretty typical of a family with two working parents....more
Traffic is what did me in. I had it all planned out: I left work a little earlier than normal, I had a route home that avoided the major roads and I was excited. I was going to make it to my son's school in time for curriculum night....more
They say that the first few months of your child's life are some of the most important. They say that spending one-on-one time with your infant is necessary for developmental growth. They say that Mothers will be less likely to suffer from postpartum depression if they are able to connect with their babies....more
When I became a mom for the first time, I knew I would return to the workforce after a brief maternity leave. Our family required two incomes to make ends meet, but more so, I enjoyed my job and was looking forward to picking up where I had left off. At the end of my six-week maternity leave, dare I say I was practically running out the door to reclaim my cubicle. Don’t get me wrong; I loved my new baby like I had never loved anyone on this planet, but that stay at home mom life was just not for me.
I did a phone interview for a new job a couple of weeks ago. (Shh!) If my boss happens to be reading this, I didn't get advanced to the second round of interviews, which is actually alright with me. The job was with a national nonprofit, which I feel may be the next step in my career trajectory, so I thought I might as well interview for the position for the experience, if nothing else....more
(Disclaimer: I am a working Mom and it’s VERY, VERY hard! I am no means perfect, but I try to manage as best as I can with what I have!)I’m Shannon. A Working (Teacher Mommy) to 2 kids ages 7 and 2. The best thing about being a Teacher? The summer, of course!!...more
In my job, I get to interview a fair number of applicants. I like that part of my role - meeting new people, hearing about their career journeys and goals, and asking why they want to join my team. I have HR-approved questions to ensure that I never ask an "illegal" question, but I am always surprised at how many people just offer up additional details around their life - especially when it comes to parenthood....more
I've got another confession to make: I'm a lazy mom. Ok, maybe lazy isn't the correct word...uninspired, non-creative, Left Brained....whatever it is, I'm TERRIBLE at Elf on the Shelf. I'm not the mom who spends all day coming up with delightfully creative schemes for the family elves to perform at night; I'm the mom who sets an alarm so she doesn't forget to move the dang thing at all. To help myself, and others like me, I created an Elf on the Shelf Planning Calendar: Lazy Mom Edition....more