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The New Mommy Track

Aug29

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us%20news%20cover.jpgUS News & World Report has done a cover story on some Mothers in America today: The New Mommy Track. It’s a mom/ workplace trend piece with three main stories: 1) More mothers win flextime at work, and hubbies’ help (really!) at home; 2) Busy moms pick jobs carefully, pay dues and negotiate; and 3) The Age of the Alpha Mom.
Hey! They interviewed me for that last one. I wonder why? Hmm…..
Overall, good job to the journalist, Kimberly Palmer. She touches on some very important issues and highlights some resources where moms can find out how to get on The New Mommy Track, for blending home and work.
Truthfully, though, I like Star Jones’ take on the story better. Why? You can see for yourself below. But, Star really pressed that this story continues to focus on moms who work white-collar jobs and are in a much stronger position to pick their jobs and negotiate (and demand!) flexibility. The majority of women and mothers don’t fall into this category. (Fairness to the article, they did touch upon this point. But Star emphasized it).

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Isabel Kallman

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Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of Alphamom.com.

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3 Responses to “The New Mommy Track”

  1. Selfmademom Sep 04 at 4:12 pm Reply Reply

    I totally agree. I would add an understanding boss and coworkers (almost a given in a flexible workplace) to this list, because without that, you can have a part time schedule, but little flexibility. And I think there is a distinct difference between the two!

  2. jenB Sep 05 at 3:23 am Reply Reply

    I worked at a University pre-child, in Canada, where we are all progressive and give out free medical care and it rains prescription pills. I was confident that when I asked to come back half time, with someone lined up to perform the other half AND they no longer would have to pay my benefits or supplementary health care costs I would be welcomed. But, alas, no. I was surprised and hurt. Thankfully, it turned out for the best, but my boss, who had 2 young kids and I thought would see the upside, was in fact, an ass.
    I am loving the dialogue though. You are a pioneer Isabel.

  3. supa Sep 11 at 6:32 pm Reply Reply

    You are exactly right, Isabel; thank you for mentioning these points.
    My company is fairly flexible, but without affordable childcare it hardly matters — I can’t afford to keep the same schedule I had before my second child was born. It sucks.
    I’ve been a fan of Moms Rising and the work they’re doing since they launched. More of this sort of dialogue (consciousness-raising, if you will) can only ever be a good thing, as is contacting one’s elected representatives.

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