Working Mom’s 411 by Michelle LaRowe is a book that I received from Perrigo Nutritionals, along with the store-brand formula samples I posted about – Generic vs. Brand Name Baby Formula.
It is also a part of the giveaway that is currently going on from my post, linked above. I have extended the giveaway one day, so there is still time to enter!! One winner will receive 2 samples of store-brand formula, Working Mom’s 411 and a compact daily planner that can fit in your purse perfectly.
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Written in the experiences of Michelle LaRowe, a professional nanny, this book is a great resource for moms going back to work. In the first half, it really prepares you for finding the right kind of care for your child, how to adjust to returning to work while pumping and advice to help you let go of the guilt working moms often feel. I wish I would have had it before I returned to work!
The great part about the book for me, now that I have already returned to work, is the later half where it starts to talk about how your schedule can change once your child is in grade school. I have a while until I have to worry about that, but it really got me thinking into what my options are. I was wondering what it would be like, so reading this book gave me great insight. I’m gonna have to keep it on the bookshelf and refer to it when that time comes!
Here’s a sneak peak at some Return to Work Tips from Michelle LaRowe’s “Working Moms 411”:
1. If you don’t have quality childcare, you won’t be able to focus on anything else. Whether you choose a nanny, enroll your child in daycare or have a family member provide care, if you’re not confident your child is safe and being well cared for, you won’t be able to get any work done.
2. A momtourage is a necessity. Now is the time to find out the people, places and things that can make your life easier. Whether it be outsourcing the pet walking or ordering your groceries online, figure out who and what you can count on to give you more time in your day to spend with your family.
3. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. Set your alarm to get up 15 minutes before everyone else to have your cup of coffee in peace. If you can’t hit the gym, take a brisk walk during your lunch break. If you aren’t meeting your own needs, you won’t be able to meet the needs of others.
4. You’ll need to adjust your expectations. Sure, you can do it all and have it all if you’re willing to refine what that means. You’re too tired to prepare a home cooked meal every night. Consider starting an office meal swap. Make double of a meal one night per week, have a coworker do the same things and switch and get two meals for the trouble of one.
5. Guilt is mommyversal. Don’t let anyone fool you. Whether you are a working mom, stay at home mom or work from home mom, guilt is mommyversal. Just because you feel guilty doesn’t mean you are guilty. If you’ve made the right choice for your family, do yourself and your baby a favor: let go of the guilt.