Before I had kids I assumed I would always "do it all." I always knew I would have kids, career and that I wouldn't skip a beat. I never even thought about whether it would be hard or doable. I just knew I would do it.
The lesson to learn from the "Carmen Rodriguez Story" is that through hard work and dedication you can achieve your personal goals. Though life may hand you obstacles, you can turn them into opportunities.
A colleague recently asked me, "How do you do it all? How do you have three young children and a demanding career?" My flippant answer: "I've learned to embrace imperfection."
My maternity leave was coming to an end and I was feeling the fear of going back to work increase daily. On one hand, I was excited to return and put that hard-earned master's degree to good use. On the other hand, I was devastated.
I was stopped in my tracks one day when a client asked me "what I did for fun" outside the office. It was the ONLY question he had all day that I couldn't answer.
The idea that your own children would not call you a good mother is the nightmare every working woman dreads -- hence the guilt. But does working hard outside the home preclude being a good mother? It depends on your definition of motherhood.
When I tried to do it all, I cut corners everywhere. I made sacrifices with everything: my work, my kids, my marriage, my home. And I was miserable. Our crazy, hectic lifestyle wasn't working.
Yesterday my 16 year old daughter and I had plans to get together with our mother/daughter friends in Westlake, a 45 minute drive from our house.
Today only 20 percent of U.S. families have a working father and a stay-at-home mother. Instead, two thirds of families depend either partly or wholly on the wages of working women, and many of those families are barely making it. Fully 42 million women in this country and the 28 million kids who depend on them are teetering on or over the brink of poverty.
There are more ways to gain weight than you can imagine. Eating too much and lack of exercise are the most well known, while lack of sleep is largely underrated.
It will always be a challenge to strike the right balance -- you are not going to have it all at the same time but you can come up with your own formula for happiness and success. To quote Shonda: "Because that woman is happy. That woman is fulfilled."
It was like I'd just hopped out of my station wagon with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other, leaving a toddler rolling around, unbuckled in the back. In some places, not having your entire life's schedule dictated by your 7-year-old's sports team makes you kind of a bad a**.
I cannot describe the unmitigated relief I felt when Jenna was three and scraped her knee at the playground. Both Joel and I were there -- but she sobbed for her Mommy.
You never know how much a compliment might help another person get through a tough moment, a tough day or a really tough patch of parenting.
This blog first appeared on Edelman.com. I stood in front my son's entire 5th grade class on his 11th birthday as 48 kids walked up to me one by one ...
I always go back to my checklist of asking if my children are safe, happy, healthy and know how much they are loved. If I am able to check all of those off, than I can go to sleep feeling content.