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

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

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by Wendy Sachs
 

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Yes, some women are opting out of their careers, taking an "off-ramp," and heading home to raise their babies. But millions of us cannot afford to make that choice. And millions more choose to work because we love our careers.

So how are women doing it? How do we hold on to our financially necessary or stimulating and rewarding careers and still be engaged mothers?

Overview

Yes, some women are opting out of their careers, taking an "off-ramp," and heading home to raise their babies. But millions of us cannot afford to make that choice. And millions more choose to work because we love our careers.

So how are women doing it? How do we hold on to our financially necessary or stimulating and rewarding careers and still be engaged mothers?

Wendy Sachs, journalist and mother of two, set out to find what's really happening at the intersection of motherhood and work today. Based on her in-depth interviews with mothers from diverse backgrounds, How She Really Does It explores the creative and courageous ways in which Stay-at-Work moms are making it happen.

Here are the moms next door-as well as lawyers, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, politicians, journalists, and television personalities-who are navigating the everyday work/home conflicts, managing the time crunch, and, yes, dealing with the guilt. Through it all, they are empowered, confident career women and caring, present mothers.

Revealing the keys to staying at work, staying sane, staying satisfied, and staying at the heart of your family, How She Really Does It is a modern working woman's survival guide. Weaving together candid stories and practical advice, it will give you hope that even if you can't have it all, you can have at least some of it all of the time.

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.
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738210179
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
05/02/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.81(d)

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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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How She Really Does It: Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Moms 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave me practical advice that really helped save my sanity and allowed me to balance work and home. I, like millions of women, have HAD TO choose work AND family. And coping with the conflicting pressures and demands has been tough. This book has provided me with tips and advice that are invaluable... from the advice about reading in class to the 'Blackberry' warning to the 'notes in the backpack,' I feel like I have been placed on the balance line. I also LOVED the concept that I am not alone. Thank you Wendy Sachs!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.