Thrive: #WorkingMomProblems

A clever way for busy moms to stay read in

For community:

I fell way behind on all things blogs due to a 48 hour stomach bug that rendered this Momma useless.  All I’ll say about that is THANK THE LORD for:

  1. Ginger Tea – Peel ginger. Chop ginger. Boil for 15 minutes.  Survive stomach bug.
  2. ThriveDaddy – Took on ALL parenting duties on Friday and Saturday.  He’s the best. Ever.

What’s new with ThriveFamily this week?  One major thing…

We took the plunge and transitioned ThriveToddler to a bed.  My plan for this had always been to keep him securely jailed in his crib until he managed to get himself out.  Well, that happened and he nearly gave our nanny a heart attack in the process. This kid never seizes to amaze me.  He’s done so well (minus a little fall out of bed the first night).

I swear, if I wasn’t due to have another baby in t-minus 9 weeks (ahh, slight freak out!), I would be SO emotional about how quickly he is growing up.  Mommas! How do you deal?!!

ThriveToddler in Big Boy Bed

For a laugh:

I’ll avoid going down the list of ALL the things that make being a working mom hard.  Quite frankly, you are full on familiar with what such a list would look like and it would take too long to compile.  Instead, let’s laugh at our trials and tribulations instead.

I caught wind of another great Twitter hashtag (thanks workingmother.com):

#workingmomproblems

See the best of the best here.

For money:

Effortlessly grow your savings with piggy bank

Something about seeing money torpedo out of my bank account quicker than I know what hits me during the holidays has made me uber focused our savings plan.

Sharing one tip that the ThriveFamily uses to get a handle on our savings:

Saving money is tough.  It takes effort and it takes planning.  College, retirement, downpayment on a house, all the fun stuff I mentioned above, etc.  It can get overwhelming quickly and, I don’t know about you, I’m already living life in an overwhelmed state 53% of the time.  I totally recommend putting forth the effort to develop a clear strategy for those MAJOR life savings goals but what about the little goals I mentioned above?  It’s so easy to skip the plan and find yourself incurring debt when you want to go on vacation or when you need a new car.

This blog discusses the EASY strategy that our family employs to save for these smaller savings goals:  Acorns.  Read More.

For intolerance:

A post that went viral on the internet this week made me really sad.  It was a chart made by a stay-at-home mom which praises SAHM and shames working moms.  (See chart and reactions here).  I spent some time reflecting on why the first emotion I felt was sadness rather than anger.  Anger seemed like the natural reaction to have as I’m working mom who, like a lot of working moms out there, struggles with guilt, time management, relationship management ALL THE TIME.

Didn’t really need a reminder of all the things I’m NOT DOING.

What made me sad is that this post is such a blatant example of women tearing women down.  Even in this Me Too era, in this era where a misogynist leads our country, women can’t bind together and support one another.  Why can’t we acknowledge that ALL MOM’s (whether they work in the home or out of the home) are working moms?

This support extends well  beyond the decision to work in the home or work out of the home.  Please don’t judge my method of sleep training.  Please don’t judge my decision to breast feed or not.  Please don’t judge the food I feed my child or the amount of screen time I choose to give them.  Raising children is this crazy, hard, pressure packed ride.  Can we commit to lifting each other up and being sounding boards of support for other moms no matter if their decisions are our same decisions?

After looking at this chart and reading the ensuing comments I’ve realized a few things:

  1. The description of a working mom’s life is WILDLY INACCURATE
  2. The description of a SAHM’s life is WILDLY INACCURATE
  3. Most Moms AND Dads agree on both of the above points

For the warm and fuzzies:

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been embarrassed by your parents!  Legit can only imagine the ways that ThriveToddler will answer this question in 10 years time.  This 90-second commercial marketing a French telecom brand (stay with me; it gets goods), gave me all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings.  It combines everything wonderful:  Dads, Babies, Christmas and Bad Dancing.  Watch and if you’re feeling sentimental grab a tissue:

For appreciation:

I’m still practicing focused gratitude with my Five Minute Journal and this week, I wanted to give some shout outs to a tribe of Mommas I’ve been spending some e-time with and am SUPER grateful for.  This group has produced some seriously good content that I couldn’t not share with the ThriveCommunity:

MyFavoriteJobTitleIsMom.com

Organizing Your Week as a Busy Working Mom

I’m a firm believer that being a working mom does not make you any less of an employee or a mom. However, it does take a skill set ripe with organization and efficiency and is not for the faint of heart.  As a working mom, I have a super full week but still manage to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep most nights and do things I enjoy. Here are the steps I take for organizing my week to do it all.  Make sure you are doing these things when organizing your week.  Read more.

This Momma crushed it this week with posts on two share-worthy topics:  Where Did All This Stuff Come From?  I mean, doesn’t the title say it all?

CheerfullySimple.com

The Best Cleaning Schedule for Busy Moms

I look around my house a lot and think, “When is the cleaning lady coming?”

And then I remember, oh yeah, I am the cleaning lady.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, the reality is you’re a busy mom.  Read more.

BinkiesBottlesAndBabies.com

10 Christmas Traditions to Start With Your Children

If you are looking for Christmas traditions to start with your family, then you have come to the right place. Today, I am going to share with you some of my favorite childhood traditions as well as new ones I want to start with my daughter. I hope they bring you plenty of inspiration. If your family has any traditions that you love, then please leave them in the comments below. I would love to create a large list for readers to choose from.  Read more.

Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 29 Awesome Gifts Created By Women In Tech – Love tech gifts and love supporting women!

Instead of a Time-out, Try a Time-in – I think these peeps are onto something.  The comments on the post are what I found to be the most share-worthy!  Lots of insightful comments and respectful disagreements within.

 

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