Moms Who Work

We made it! Twenty fifteen is here, and I’m already beyond on my content calendar.

Since I started Mommy Sanest, I knew the “mommy blog” space was relatively crowded (#understatement). I wanted to do it anyway, but I also wanted to find a niche that felt like the right fit for this blog. And while I am not about to abandon general parenting topics or personal essays — I like that stuff — I want spend a little more time discussing moms and work.

I’ve decided that the whole stay-at-home vs. working mom thing is a red herring. It’s good for headlines and makes for feisty debates in the comments sections of The Huffington Post and Jezebel. But the Internet spends a lot of time pointing fingers and judging everyone else’s choices… probably because no one feels totally comfortable with the ones they’ve made. It’s a distraction.

Here’s the thing, I don’t know any moms who don’t work. Some do unpaid work, taking on the lion’s share of childcare and home management responsibilities. Some stay in the more traditional workforce. Some do side projects or freelance work during nap times, in the evenings, and on weekends. Others start their own businesses.

Moms who work: Presenting the Work Life Mom series on Mommy Sanest

I’d like to to talk about the different choices moms make with regard to paid and unpaid work, the ins and outs of going back to an office job after having a baby, the policies and politics that make balancing careers with family life more difficult or more doable, and how motherhood doesn’t have to be a fork in the road where you either off-ramp or step on the gas, but rather, how it can be a time to reassess and re-imagine.

As part of the discussion, I will be profiling moms who work. I’m planning to divide the year into three parts. The first part of the series will profile moms who own businesses. The second part will look at moms who take on freelance, project, and/or part-time consulting work. And the third part will profile moms in more “traditional” work roles. The series will kick off with a profile of — and I think this is especially apt — Flexjobs.com founder and CEO Sara Sutton Fell. If you’re not familiar with Flexjobs, it’s an awesome website where job seekers can search for and find legitimate flexible work. Sara actually started the company when she was pregnant, but you’ll hear more about that later this week.

I hope you guys dig this stuff. I legitimately believe that changing the way we work so that all people, including moms, dads, and caretakers, can better balance the demands of home and career is quite possibly the legacy that late-Gen-Xers and early-Millennials will leave the next generation of American professionals. That’s my hope anyway. Probably too lofty a goal for this lil’ blog, but I’m excited to contribute to the conversation.

Moms Who Work: Check Out Profiles in the Work | Life | Mom series

An Interview with Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of Flexjobs
An Interview with Abby Brennan, Owner of Brennan Spa

33 thoughts on “Moms Who Work

    • It is really hard, especially when you’re in an area like California or NY where the cost of living is super high. The whole thing makes me angry. I’m completely an advocate for people pursuing work/career dreams after having kids if that’s what they want to do, but if neither parent is able to be in a flexible work situation, it can get pretty tough to manage the day-to-day with kids and a home. You end up just paying for stuff to keep everything moving forward. Anyway… now I’m just ranting 🙂

  1. Hey Lou, I love this direction you’re going to go in with your posts. I’m fascinated by how the workplace treats mothers,, and frankly, I haven’t seen the best of it being a lawyer. I’m looking forward to the stories of stay at home mothers, and mothers who go back to office jobs (or other jobs!).
    Jess

  2. Sounds like a great series! Every mom works in some capacity of other! I work at a “real” job..part-time, blog from home and do the majority of the house/kids work because my hubby works long hours!!

  3. I love how you pointed out that even being a stay at home mom that just takes care of the kids and manages the household is still considered a working mom. I’ve seen my mom and my sister do it and it not a easy job. Motherhood in general isn’t an easy job. I think it’s great that you’re doing a series like this.

  4. Lou I love this! And I can’t wait to learn more about Flex Jobs. What a neat direction to go in. To heck with the ways. Staying at home or not, most of us want to make money. I will be following along for sure. Thank you!

  5. I love this! I’m a new working mom myself (part-time tutoring outside of the home), and I love talking to others who also know how to balance their roles. On some days, it feels like I’m just barely starting to get the hang of it!

    • I hear you, Kim. I feel like we can learn a lot from hearing about other people’s situations–what works and what doesn’t.

  6. What a great idea for a series! I’m not a mom yet but when my husband and I do decide to have kids I’m planning on continuing my career, so I’m looking forward to reading your series!

  7. “changing the way we work so that all people, including moms, dads, and caretakers, can better balance the demands of home and career is quite possibly the legacy that late-Gen-Xers and early-Millennials will leave the next generation of American professionals..” I couldn’t agree more. Very excited for this series!

    • Me too Gena! I feel like I tend to focus on moms first, and then “parents” second, but really all people benefit from these discussions.

  8. I’m looking forward to this series. The working thing is a large part in our decision about whether to have kids, and I am excited about hearing the different perspectives.

  9. I am really looking forward to this!! I am going back into the work force and would like to find jobs via flex jobs!! So It will be great to hear what the founder has to say!!

  10. Just followed you so I can follow along on these future interviews! Working outside the home has been hard yet still rewarding for me. But there are really hard days and there is some comfort in knowing there is no one perfect situation. I’m thankful I can work at a job I enjoy, write my blog and be a mother. I find it requires 5am wake ups and lots of coffee to get it all done!

    • Thanks for following! There really is no perfect situation, and I am realizing that enjoying what you do goes a long way toward determining whether or not your situation is working. In other words, being happy at work can make the sacrifices worth it. Being miserable at work regardless of the reason can make even the most understanding, flexible employment situation seem unbearable.

    • I agree Caroline. I think we spend too much time judging and commenting on everyone else’s choices and not really thinking about our own.

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