I’ve written about the challenge of finding a workable work-life balance before, but it’s an issue that’s worth talking about again. A new e-book, Welcome to My World: Stay at Home Moms vs. Working Moms, written by 13 popular bloggers and edited by Sarah Bryden-Brown, was just published a few weeks ago and it’s definitely worth a read.
Don’t let the subtitle fool you. The writers here aren’t actually debating who has it easier. Instead, they offer honest accounts of their own experiences and shed insights on what works, or doesn’t, in their own lives. Which makes for a really interesting and comprehensive look at what kinds of choices modern parents are making for their families today. After all, I don’t think most of us fall into just one camp or the other–staying at home or out working. If you stay home with your children, that is your work. If you work in an office, you also stay at home with your children–probably in the morning, at night, on the weekends. In my case, I do both intermittently—I take care of my daughter and work as a freelance writer and editor, on and off, 7 days of the week. Long story short, it seems to me that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to most parenting issues. But that’s why it’s so important and helpful to hear about different situations and perspectives. After reading the womens’ essays in this book, I felt comforted, inspired, and amazed. Peruse the book for yourself this weekend; it’s available on the Kindle, the Nook, or your computer.