Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career by Lisen Stromberg is an excellent read for all expectant parents! #WorkPAUSEThrive #CLVR #sponsored
I wish that Work PAUSE Thrive had come out none years ago when I was first expecting my son. I had climbed the corporate ladder and found myself in a stressful but lucrative career. After four years of marriage, and over a year of trying to get pregnant, we were elated to be expecting a baby. But at the same time, I was terrified. What would happen to my career? Up to that point, nearly my whole identity was wrapped up in my work. How would motherhood change me, and how would I balance everything?
Author Lisen Stromberg articulates this struggle – and how to overcome it – so well in her book. Society pits mothers against one another.
“We can argue about working mothers and stay-at-home mothers and One Percent mothers and welfare mothers, but all of that arguing doesn’t get us the solutions we collectively need. Rather than privlege our differences, we need to come together to find solutions that can work for all of us.”
How true that is! When I first became a work-from-home mom, I felt a little like a second class citizen… I didn’t belong to either the traditional working moms or the stay-at-home moms groups. I felt like I was on an island by myself. Stromberg encourages parents throughout the book.
One of my favorite quotes is
“Living with clarity about your dreams, goals, constraints and compromises allows you to walk your own true path.”
And that is the crux of what I wish I’d learned nearly a decade ago! How much heartache might I have avoided? I remember sobbing at the daycare as I dropped my infant son off, not just the first week or two, but daily. I remember the guilt of feeling like I was failing my family and my employer. I remember feeling hopelessly depressed because I didn’t have a dream or goal – I didn’t know what my true path was, let alone how to reach it!
This book truly is a must-have for expectant parents.
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