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I’m a working mom — what’s your superpower? 💪🏽 4-9-24

Plus, how to advocate for your non-negotiables.

The Carry All

Edition #116 | Read time: 5 Minutes

It’s time to add “advocate” to the long list of titles that you already have: mom, partner, employee, master scheduler, chauffeur, cheerleader, chef, pivot master – the list goes on.

So why add “advocate” to that? 

Because that’s how we change the game for our families and the generation of families to come. We advocate for our sons, our daughters, our partners. We advocate for other mothers and fathers. We advocate for the Millennial or GenZ’er at our office who wants to have a family one day and is looking to us for guidance.

We advocate and parent out loud because we can no longer afford not to. We’re no longer apologizing for having children, because let’s face it, there’s no HUMAN RACE without us, right? 💪🏽

Mamas, it’s my continual honor to get loud for YOU through this newsletter and it’s why I founded CARRY™, to make sure that being a working mom works and to help carry you through this journey.

Thank you for this gift. I’ll never take it for granted.

-❤️ Paula, Founder CARRY™

PS: Because we want you to be in community with one another, we’ve added a comment section to the bottom of our newsletter. Scroll to the bottom, click the link, and chime in, mama! 💬

This week in The CARRY™ ALL:

  • 📣 Key Tips for Advocating for Yourself at Work

  • 🗣️ And How to Advocate for Your Colleagues

  • 💼 Your Superhero Kit (a.k.a. The CARRY™ ALL Bag)

Do you feel supported in the workplace by people who aren't working women? Men? Women without children? Women who don't work outside the home?

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1️⃣ 📣 Key Tips for Advocating for Yourself at Work

Let’s face it: We deserve respect — and sometimes? We don’t get it. 

That’s why knowing how to advocate for yourself at work is important — and a great way to reduce the daily struggle between our roles as mothers and employees. This article dives deep into the various ways you can advocate for yourself at work. Our favorite part? The affirmation: 

“I earned this. I am worthy. I shine. I am capable. Fear does not define me. They are lucky to have me. My needs (and those of my family matter). Being a working mother is my superpower.”

Yes it is, mama.

2️⃣ 🗣️ And How to Advocate for Your Colleagues

Being an advocate involves, at its core, backing someone else up. And doing so is CRUCIAL in creating a productive (and enjoyable!) work environment. If being an advocate is important to you, it helps to educate yourself on topics that don’t directly relate to you. Here are some great ideas on how (and why) to become a better advocate at work. 

One tip we love — and honestly, sometimes need? Don’t give advice if you weren’t asked!

3️⃣ 💼 Your Superhero Kit (a.k.a. The CARRY™ ALL Bag)

Now that you’re armed with the information you need to ensure you’re watching out for yourself and your colleagues at work, you need the ultimate superhero bag to help you easily transition between Badass Businessperson to Mom of the Year.

The CARRY™ ALL Bag will hold ALL your work and mom things, and it even has an interior water bottle strap so you can stay hydrated during your hard work 💪

PS: Orders started arriving last week — and we love seeing you with your bag. Post to your stories and tag us — @carry_media!


for working moms with older children

Staying on top of things like nutrition and social media usage for teens can be HARD. Here are some tips to help you out.

  • We know - feeding your kids can feel like an uphill battle. For YEARS. First you deal with picky toddlers (don’t you DARE leave those crusts on that sandwich). Then when they’re teens, they’re more independent and eat many of their meals outside the home. So how do you make sure they’re getting the nutritious food they need?? In highlighting the fact that only 2% of teens eat enough veggies, 😳 this article provides some helpful ideas to keep them on track.

  • The ADA recently released new guidelines on teen social media use. It’s no secret that too much social media can have detrimental effects on children and teens. And while it can feel impossible to try to limit teens when it comes to screens, it’s helpful to have some real data to back you up. (🎧 Bonus: Tune into Paula’s podcast episode on this very topic with Brooke Shannon, founder of Wait Until 8th, here and the one social media app she likes)

Last week’s poll revealed that almost 75% of you have partners who took leave after you had a baby!

➡️ “My husband, unlike me (I work in public education), had several weeks of paid family leave. It did not use his sick leave or his vacation time. I had to use 6 weeks of sick leave I had saved up.”

➡️ “My husband took two weeks of paid leave. I took 13 weeks of fmla unpaid leave with short term disability and used savings to fill the gaps.”

➡️ “For our first didn't even take a day off. Good thing she was born on a weekend. The second was a planned C-section so he was there for that but went back to work the next day.”


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