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Edition #119 | Read time: 5 Minutes

Working mom life: where adaptability is essential for survival, and multitasking is our superpower. Can you identify with one (or all!) of these scenarios?:

  • One moment you're hitting pause on your career to manage all the moving parts that come with running a family…

  • The next moment you're angling for that promotion like the total boss that you are…

  • And sometimes you're just trying not to drown in the sea of work and family responsibilities and… oh my gosh, did I forget to pick up the groceries again?

It's like running a marathon while juggling: challenging, exhilarating, and occasionally a little bit terrifying. But hey, that's just another day in the life of a working mom, right? 

This week’s newsletter is all about the journey that is our careers.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it: there’s just where you are right now, and where you might be tomorrow. Give yourself grace and (try) to enjoy the process.  

This week in The CARRY™ ALL:

  • 👩‍💻 How Your Mom Skills Make You an Ideal Employee

  • 💪 How to Develop Leadership Skills

  • 🤖 Parent GPT?

What "stage" of your evolving career are you in?

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THE BIG 1️⃣ 2️⃣ 3️⃣

1️⃣ 👩‍💻 How Your Mom Skills Make You an Ideal Employee

Picture this: The grocery budget is tight, but you need to make meals that everyone likes (including your one kid who is a budding vegetarian and your other one who refuses to eat vegetables.) Our guess is that you’re making that dollar stretch and that you’re a planning wizard.

Here’s the thing: These skills, while totally valuable at home, are also invaluable in the workplace. If you’re currently on a pause from work, check out this article on transferring your badass mom skills into a paid job when you’re ready. 

Our favorite? The list of potential jobs that require such skills: Project Manager, Operations Manager, Office Manager Online Business Manager, Business or Management Consultant, Supply Chain Manager, and Business Auditor!

2️⃣ 💪 How to Develop Leadership Skills

If you’re angling for your next promotion and have your eye on a leadership position, then it’s time to have confidence in the skills you’ve cultivated since becoming a parent. That’s right. The skills you’ve learned because of parenting, not in spite of.

We’re talking about things like critical thinking, empathy, efficiency and flexibility. Need more convincing that you can develop these skills into your next promotion? Check out this article on just that. 

Our favorite advice: adapt a CEO mindset by setting clear goals. 💥

3️⃣ 🤖 Parent GPT?

We use AI tools for everything these days: editing photos, prompts for blogs, and even shopping (yep–those recommended products in your Amazon account are there because of AI.) But what if we, as working parents, could leverage AI to make our lives easier? What if we could lean on technology to make things more efficient and give us some time back in our day? Well, we can! 

We love Oath, for its judgment-free help for parents. And if you need help with things like household management, finding professional care, or other resources, this article on AI tools is for you.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT 🤎

for working moms with older children
  • With this year’s college acceptances being sent out right now, it’s time to think about the next crop of teens who will soon be applying. But where to start? Even if your kid isn’t yet a high school junior, it’s important for them to start getting ready NOW. We love these 5 steps to follow for college acceptance. Our favorite? If they’re going to be on social media, have them use it to their advantage.

  • As if social media hasn’t caused enough issues already with kids and teens, we now have the rising issue of children being targeted with adult skincare content. Yes, girls as young as 10 are worrying about aging. 🤯Dove recently released an ad that addresses this sad reality. Fortunately, the company has even developed a free resource for talking to young people about beauty anxiety. Here’s a great article about it all.

  • Raise your hand if you also have no idea what these kids are talking about. 🙋‍♀️

Last week’s poll results: 30% of you say your “work-life balance” is not the best. Keep reading for a few of your thoughts and comments!

➡️ “Work cell phones actually make this worse, because you feel completely tied to work at all times especially if you're a salaried employee. Hourly employees can leave and actually fully turn off, because they aren't being paid.”

➡️  “I think for me a 2 or 3 day a week part time job would be ideal. For me personally, I’m not sure it’s possible to have a really great balance when 40 hours a week are away from my kids.”

➡️ “I WFH full-time alongside my toddler, there is no separation between “work” and “life” at this stage.”

➡️ “I do in my new role which came at the perfect time (right before the birth of my 3rd). When I was a full time teacher--LOL, no.”

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