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  • How To Tackle Scheduling Problems
    Surround yourself with other encouraging working mothers: The winter talent show that my nine-year-old daughter Emily was performing in was scheduled for the same day I had to be out of town for a client presentation. Needless to say, I was devastated.
  • Why Outsourcing Is Key For Working Mothers
    My housecleaner would be terrible at doing our taxes and even worse at mowing our lawn. The trick is to play toward everyone's strengths before you assign any work to others.
  • How To Contribute In Your Own Way
    "I hired a Batman for my son's birthday party and invited his whole class. He wanted a bat mobile too, just like in the movies. I actually thought about renting a black Porsche and a professional actor. Then, I remembered that he's five and a cake coupled with Batman party favors would be just fine." Julie
  • Monday Blues: Don't Make Bad Decisions In A Hurry
    Even after being a working mother for more than thirteen years, I still find long separations away from my children to be a challenge. Being away, whether for only a few hours or for days, can create tremendous guilt if not managed correctly.
  • How To Get Control Of The Chaos In Your Home
    When you first move into your home it seems like you have so much space. As the years pass, you might find yourself becoming a pack rat. What are you going to do with all the stuff you have accumulated? Perhaps it's time to weed out the unnecessary items and organize your home.
  • Why Choosing Activities Closer To Home Helps Your Family
    Choose activities that are close to home. In my family, we have a rule that we will never drive more than ten miles for any weekly activity. Any farther than a few miles, and the activity changes from fun to complicated and burdensome. Your time is valuable, so don't spend it on the road.
  • Don't Undermine Your Own Authority As A Working Mother
    I can think of more than a few times when Megan and Emily left their bedrooms a nightmare with clothes and toys spewing everywhere. I wanted to punish them, but the softy in me didn't want to be viewed as the bad guy. So, I let Scott deliver the bad news.

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