As we are getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday here on this side of the blogosphere, and as we already celebrated Mother’s Day on other sides of the blogosphere, like in Cape Verde this past Sunday, I wanted to explore topics this week around mothers, mommies, mamas. Moms at home, moms at the workplace (I do not particularly fancy the phrase “working mom”, as I think that we are all, in one way or another, working moms, at home or at the office….the difference is just geography), moms on the playground, moms in their careers, relationships and intimate lives.
Today, I want to take a look at professional moms, moms who do the 9-to-5, or 8-to 8, or the second shift, or even the graveyard shift. Moms who make constant trade-offs between steady paychecks, or not-so-steady ones, and tucking their kids in bed at night, or witnessing their little ones major milestones…And what better to illustrate this than the talk of the women’s community worldwide these days, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg herself, author of the very much talked about and controversial “Lean In”, who ignited (or re-ignited) a fire around the many myths we all have around women, especially professional moms. Can we really have it all? Is there such a thing as work-life balance? Can I be competent at work, and still leave on time to have dinner with my kids? Many of us have similar or very different answers to these questions…
Well, take a listen to Sheryl Sandberg’s conversation with Oprah about it: