Julia Romanow

I am Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of ProudWorkingMom.com.  I have two kids and a dog (that I don't like very much).  Join me on my journey to unite and support working mothers everywhere!

Insert Awkward Silence *Here*

It happens to me every time I am explaining what I do to one of my friends, an acquaintance, family members, or a friend of a family member. I tell people I am working, that's not bullshit. I feel like I am working. I spend hours in front of my computer working on all things that relate to Proud Working Moms - dreaming up ways to help all of the legions of hard working moms. My goal is to help encourage, inspire, and make our fellow PWM's smile. It seems simple enough and worthy of support from those around me. Yet this is how the conversation always goes:...more

Playground Bullies at Work

Whether it is the kid from A Christmas Story tormenting Ralphie or another character from real life, the playground bully has been around since before there were playgrounds. A bully is defined as a person who hurts or browbeats those who are weaker. At my children's elementary school, this bully looks like the kid that used to steal my son's snack or who grabbed his kickball from him at lunch and made him "come and get it".  It is the kid that used to shove my child out of the way in line, knocking him onto the ground....more

More Books Please!

Today, it's all about the electronics....more

Try Something New

Ok, I will be the first to admit that I am a creature of habit. I drive the same way to my favorite Starbucks every single time I go and order the exact same thing.  Grande nonfat mocha, no whip.  I decided that last week it was time for me to try something new. I am not a big cook, so trying a new recipe was too stressful. Heck, I can barely manage the seven things I already know how to cook. I am also not a big fashionista so taking on a new look like a meat dress was not going to happen either. Instead, I settled on a hot yoga class at a local Core Power studio....more

Mommy Mentors

I remember the first mommy mentor I ever had.  Her name was Megan and she lived in the neighborhood that I moved into when my first son was 6 months old.  Megan was about my age and had two beautiful girls.  Her oldest was about 3 and her youngest was about a year old at the time. I was struggling with working and being a mom to one measly newborn and Megan made it look easy.  She juggled work, motherhood and anything else that came her way with ease.  The thing that I liked most about my mommy mentor was that she did not judge me....more

Working Mothers: Learning the Rules of the Game

When I was a kid, I played soccer.  I played a lot of soccer.  In fact, I started playing at 7 years old and stopped when I got pregnant with my first son, 10 years ago.  When I stopped playing, I had fulfilled all of the things that I wanted to do as an athlete.  I was a good team player, I still enjoyed the game and I stopped playing without suffering a career ending injury.  Looking back on those days, in addition to all of the great cardiovascular exercise, I have learned many things that have helped me in my everyday working life....more

Working Mothers: Learning the Rules of the Game

When I was a kid, I played soccer.  I played a lot of soccer.  In fact, I started playing at 7 years old and stopped when I got pregnant with my first son, 10 years ago.  When I stopped playing, I had fulfilled all of the things that I wanted to do as an athlete.  I was a good team player, I still enjoyed the game and I stopped playing without suffering a career ending injury.  Looking back on those days, in addition to all of the great cardiovascular exercise, I have learned many things that have helped me in my everyday working life....more

Underutilized: The difficult part of staying at home

  Last Monday evening I sat in traffic with my two boys, Wylie (10)and Max (7), and our greyhound. When I say “our” greyhound, I should clarify that we got the dog last year for our kids and definitely NOT for me.We were all headed home after a glorious weekend in the mountains. My husband, Andy, left for work early Monday morning and I stayed behind to manage the kids and the dog....more