Working Mom's Survival Guide

Working Mom's Survival Guide

by Paula Peters

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More women than ever before are going back to work soon after having a baby. And no matter what their job, making the transition from home to work can be really challenging. Whether dealing with day-to-day dilemmas like spitup on their power suits or big-picture problems like the cost of child care, new moms need relief! Written in a friendly and encouraging tone, this guide is all a stressed-out mother needs to organize her life so everyone's happy--including herself! From prebaby planning to after-baby adjustments, this book covers it all, including:
  • FMLA and maternity leave
  • Temporary schedules and career planning
  • Job changes
  • Child care
  • Responsibilities at home
  • Caring for yourself
  • Considering a new job
  • Choosing to quit
  • Dealing with unexpected or special challenges
With this book by their side, new mothers can have their careers--and be great moms, too!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440519918
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/18/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 595 KB

About the Author

Paula Peters (Kansas City, MO) is a young mother, full-time entrepreneur, and writer who understands the challenges of managing a young baby while still tackling a full day of work at the office. After delivering her baby boy in 2006, Paula returned to work full-time as the owner and manager of Peters Writing Services, Inc. To this day, Peters successfully balances her life using a flex-time schedule to ensure she gets the job done—both at the office and at home.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Panel of Working Moms 1

Part 1 Before Baby

Chapter 1 To Quit or Not to Quit? 11

Chapter 2 Maternity Leave and FMLA 25

Chapter 3 Negotiating a New Work Schedule 33

Chapter 4 Your Career Plan 45

Chapter 5 Planning Your Leave-and Return 51

Chapter 6 Planning Child Care 63

Part 2 After The Baby Arrives: Dealing at Work

Chapter 7 Missing Your Baby 83

Chapter 8 Catching Up at Work 89

Chapter 9 Breastfeeding and Work 101

Chapter 10 Sick Time and Doctor Appointments 109

Part 3 After The Baby Arrives: Dealing At Home

Chapter 11 Household Responsibilities 123

Chapter 12 Juggling Two Jobs-and a Family 141

Chapter 13 Stresses on Your Relationship 149

Part 4 Caring For Yourself

Chapter 14 Your Health 161

Chapter 15 Making Mommy Time 175

Chapter 16 The Decision to Change Jobs 183

Chapter 17 What If You Decide to Stay Home? 201

A Final Note to You, the Working Mother 205

Resources 207

Index 209

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