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I’m one of those mothers that has to work to feel whole. Not everyone does but I do have friends that feel the same way. There is nothing wrong with working. As a working mother I have often found it very difficult to balance my time and not have guilt. I often feel that one side isn’t being done to my best. The Best of Both Worlds: How Mothers Can Find Full-time Satisfaction in Part-time Work by Beth Brykman sheds some light on this delicate work-life balance.
How can mothers bridge the gap between the worlds of “mom” and “career woman” to find work-life balance? How can full-time employed moms prevent stalling out professionally while raising a family? How can stay-at-home mothers redefine and redirect their careers while caring for their children? By working part-time. Stay-at-home, full-time employed, and part-time working mothers see part-time employment as the ultimate situation. Why? Because part-timers earn income, hold a professional identity, and still have enough time to be at home, raise their children, and participate in their children’s schools.
I know this to be true, it’s true for me and true for so many other successful mothers that I know that work. I know a few bloggers that I see on the go go go and you wonder how does their family succeed too and it’s because they go go go in their family needs just as much. This book feels like an inspirational book for mother’s like me.
These mothers are intimately involved in both the worlds of mom and career woman. In The Best of Both Worlds, Beth Brykman shows mothers how to secure or create fulfilling part-time work. The book provides information on reentering the job market, obtaining reduced hours with a current employer, starting your own business, job sharing, networking methods/suggestions, and outlining objectives/personal goals.
One thing I need advice on is on making personal goals and outlining objectives. Her book seems to be full of great advice. She even discusses the pros and cons of working from home and daycare issues. Many moms can’t work because the cost of daycare is much higher than what they would make in the workforce. Since the needs of full-time employed and stay-at-home mothers vary, the book includes in-depth information for each group, helping moms make the leap.
To make her book so amazing, Brykman formally interviewed 100 women from a large cross section of vocations, from software engineers to lawyers, from food stylist to bankers, from social workers to artists, from purchasing agents to doctors. Each chapter is rich with examples of what women with a variety of careers did to gain their dream of part-time employment. While using and open-ended questionnaire she found that not all women were well off. Some where struggling to make ends meet. She retells the stories of those women along with the ones that were well off making her book more realistic for readers. It’s a useful and an excellent reference.
Over the last two decades, mothers consistently want to work part-time. Pew Research surveys reveal that mothers’ ideal situations are to work parttime, with 44% of moms claiming part-time work is “ideal” in 1997 and 47% in 2012. Is it as good as it sounds? Yes. Two-thirds of the women interviewed “love it” or say it is better than full-time employment. The majority of women describe themselves as being “110 percent satisfied.” Throughout her book, Brykman shows women how they, too, can fulfill family needs, earn income and gain self-satisfaction.
About the Author, Beth Brykman
Beth Brykman has first-hand experience with part-time employment. After a successful 12 year marketing career and then three years as a stay-at-home mother, Beth Brykman was torn. Should she go back to the office or should she stay home nurturing her two children, a baby and a toddler? She ended up doing both by developing her own part-time marketing consulting company, working at the office each morning and caring for her children at home every afternoon. In this role, Brykman bridged the gap between the worlds of “mom” and “career” obtaining work-life balance, an income and professional satisfaction. In addition to managing her own part-time business, Brykman Consulting Services, Beth has held senior marketing positions at Kraft General Foods and Pittsburgh Brewing Company and has worked in product management for Ralston Purina, Heinz, and Frito-Lay. The Best of Both Worlds is Brykman’s third book.