How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms

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The kids are sick but the boss needs the presentation on her desk by ten. The parent-child kindergarten brunch can’t be missed, yet the business meeting beckons. When the only thing she knows for sure is that her day will bring a new set of challenges and priorities to be juggled, how does a stay-at-work mom do it all?Wendy Sachs, stay-at-work mother of two, has interviewed women from every walk of life— from celebrities like makeup maven Bobbi Brown, designer Vera Wang, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, the Today Show’s ...

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The kids are sick but the boss needs the presentation on her desk by ten. The parent-child kindergarten brunch can’t be missed, yet the business meeting beckons. When the only thing she knows for sure is that her day will bring a new set of challenges and priorities to be juggled, how does a stay-at-work mom do it all?Wendy Sachs, stay-at-work mother of two, has interviewed women from every walk of life— from celebrities like makeup maven Bobbi Brown, designer Vera Wang, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, the Today Show’s Ann Curry to everyday moms from all over the country—and has uncovered some inspiring answers. For starters, some stay-at-work moms have given up striving for balance; for true happiness and sanity, integration is the real key. Others have discovered that compartmentalization—wearing different hats at different times of day—is the only way to thrive. For all, the psychological, emotional, and financial payback of work is what keeps them feeling alive; even if they could afford not to work (and many can afford the choice), they wouldn’t have it any other way.Demonstrating that a byproduct of having career ambition is a happier marriage and family, How She Really Does It will validate the millions of women now attempting to "have it all,” or at least some of it all the time. Revealing the keys to staying-at-work, staying sane, staying satisfied, and staying at the heart of her family as well, How She Really Does It is a modern working woman’s handbook.

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Editorial Reviews

Weekly Standard 7/18/05
"A strangely refreshing and apolitical read...Sachs, like many writers before her, is addressing the greatest dilemma of modern motherhood."
Albuquerque Tribune 7/26/05
"Fresh and hit[s] harder than [its] predecessors...Inspirationaland positive."
Publishers Weekly
In the wake of major media attention paid to the complexity of women's professional choices during their childbearing years, Sachs, a former network television producer turned freelancer and mother of two, sets out to reveal winning strategies for mothers who wish to continue working after having children, interviewing celebrity and "everyday" moms about their decisions and work-life arrangements. Of course, there is no magic secret to reveal, but what Sachs does provide is an in-depth consideration of the successes and failures of various choices individual women have made. A major theme is the importance of being flexible in both schedules and expectations. The women also agree that excellent child-care options, supportive spouses and an ability to let go of perfectionism in all realms are key to obtaining a happy life/work balance. Stories from women like cosmetics entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien and NBC News anchor Ann Curry provide motivating models of determination (though readers will note that these women can afford child-care choices unavailable to many). But celebrity splash aside, Sachs has a clear focus, examining the personal priorities of women who may or may not have the choice to continue working, but who all believe that their professional identity is an integral part of their satisfaction with life and a beneficial component in their ability to be good mothers. (May 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Journalist and "stay-at-work" mother Sachs interviewed both celebrity career moms, from the Today Show's Ann Curry to designer Vera Wang, and regular Janes to get an inside look on how women balance their roles. Their message: don't feel bad for wanting it all. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738210179
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Sachs is a freelance television producer. Previously, she was an associate producer at Dateline NBC. Her stories have earned an Emmy and an Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight award. Married and the mother of two, Sachs lives in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 Why Work Is Good from Our Heads to Our Souls: The Power of Staying at Work 1
2 The Shelf Life of Eggs: Biology Confronts Reality 21
3 The Breast Pump in the Briefcase: The Art of Juggling 43
4 Giving Up the Guilt: The Pressures, the Expectations, the Myths 69
5 Something's Got to Give: How to Switch Gears and Careers 93
6 Moms at the Helm: A Business Boom Explosion 115
7 Making It Work for You: Life Goes in Cycles 139
8 Finding the Holy Grail: What Moms Really Want 161
Acknowledgments 189
Notes 193
Index 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    Awful!

    I was SO disappointed in this book. I was looking for inspiring stories and practical advice. This book was full of repetitive stories about elite women who have very little in common with most working moms. I kept hoping there would be some advice or practical tips, but this book had none of that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    A fantastic book!

    I can not say enough good things about this book! Reading it feels like talking with an incredibly smart and funny girlfriend who gets what you are going through, and has that perfect bit of battle-earned advice that actually helps your life make more sense. I was fasincated all the way through - I learned alot, laughed out loud a few times, and felt a huge wave of relief. Sachs has fresh, meaningful insights into that gut wreching tug of war between family and work...insights that made me feel better about my own choices and dilemmas. She also scored terrific interviews with a wide spectrum of moms - including some very cool celebrities who actually go 'off script' and reveal lots of interesting personal stories and valubale lessons about how they make the pieces of thier lives fit together. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Great Advice for all Working Moms

    Although my personal parenting situation has never included the helpful spouse enjoyed by the women profiled in this book, I found Wendy Sachs analysis and commentary on the lives of working mothers fascinating. I was skeptical about the celebrity interviews, but found them 'real' and, actually, quite generous and informative. No matter what your marital status, How She Really Does It gives working mothers practical advice on how to balance child rearing and career success with wit, dignity, and common sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    One-sided, repetitive and insulting

    This book came highly recommended to me by someone I know who was interviewed in it. I was excited to read it, thinking that it would shed some light on the struggles women go through to excel in both career and family life. Instead, the book suggested (endlessly) that women who leave the workforce either temporarily or permanently are mindless and lazy, and the only true path to self worth is by working, in some capacity at all times. Instead of suggesting that maintaining a full-time career is a viable and acceptable option, it degrades women who have chosen not to do so while their children are young. As a successful professional who left a career and actually does find fulfillment in raising children, at least for right now, I am insulted at the characterizationof myself and other women who have made similar choices as failures. I certainly respect women who choose to return to the workforce while their children are young, but I think my own choices are just as valid.

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