Being a working mom is not easy. You have to constantly balance all of the trials and tribulations of your personal life with the politics and hard work of your professional life.
However, it is definitely possible to be a great mother AND be an awesome employee (or boss for that matter!).
To help you achieve this precarious balancing act of family and work, I’ve put together a list of the 5 best books to read if you want to conquer the workplace while still having quality time with your children and spouse.
I Don’t Know How She Does It – Allison Pearson
Even though this is a fictional book, the story of this novel could easily take place in numerous households up and down the country. The story revolves around a successful female hedge fund manager, who is struggling to balance her career with her two children and her husband.
It all comes to a head when the protagonist Kate, whilst making a pie for a school event, realizes she no longer recognizes the woman she has become. It’s a must read for any career woman who feels they are struggling to stay afloat.
Becoming – Michelle Obama
The former First Lady released her memoir in late 2018 to critical acclaim and it became the best-selling hardcover of the whole year only a month after release.
The book goes back to the start of her upbringing in Chicago and reveals what life is really like in the Whitehouse. Whilst the subject matter of this book is wide-ranging, her chapters on motherhood and finding the balance between being a parent and a career woman make this an excellent read for working mothers all around the world.
Girl Code – Cara Alwill Leyba
Girl Code focuses on female entrepreneurship and the power of empowering other women in the workplace. This book focuses on doing away with a “competitive girl culture” often seen amongst career women.
Instead, author Cara Alwill Leyba suggests that sharing what we have learned from both our work and home collectively helps to drive each other on. A great read if you are looking to start a lifestyle business around your children.
Pie Life – Samantha Ettus
In her book author Samantha Ettus has curated some of the best real life examples of working mothers who manage to nail both their professional and family life.
Although these stories may initially make you jealous of these somewhat “super-women”, there are plenty of easy and highly actionable tips you can use to create a structure for “having it all”.
I Know How She Does It – Laura Vanderkam
In a very deliberate reference to the book at the very top of this list, Laura Vanderkam’s self-help book aims to provide a roadmap of how to juggle the many spinning plates of working motherhood.
Vanderkam is very candid with her views on what you should expect to achieve as a working mom and she delivers a fresh perspective for moms who feel they are at breaking point.
If you are like me and sometimes need to get inspired before taking action in your life, then you will love reading one (if not all of these) books to really give yourself the motivation to get started.
Are you returning to work soon and dreading the prospect?
Well while you are waiting for your books to arrive why not take a look at these 4 great tips for moms returning to work.