Balance the tug-of-war between work and home

July 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Balancing the tug-of-war between career and home can be a challenge. Laura Lowell, author of "42 Rules for Working Moms," shares some advice.

Tips from moms for moms

Your Daughter Can Brush Her Hair - essentially, it says when they get old enough to care what their hair looks like they will brush it! It's a great rule, contributed by Robin Wolaner, the founder of Parenting Magazine.

Not Everyone Can Work from Home - the moral being, some ages are more suitable than others to combine with working from home. But, if you have or want to find time that is 100 percent for your child and time that is 100 percent for your work. Trying to do both at the same time can lead your to feeling like a failure. Contributed by Jen Dahlen, a Denver based designer/entrepreneur with twin boys

Cut Out The Curfew - this one, lays out a simple way of asking your kids what time they want to come home which gives them the feeling of being in control and setting their own rules. Shawna Todd is a married mom with two children.

Children Should Be Loved Not Managed - by over-managing children we are taking away the essence of being a child. Give your self time to be with your kids while they are growing up. Kyra Posma, has been married for 10 years and has two children.

Dads make great parents too - a stay at home dad (SAHD), your husband works full-time too. Jamie Hayden is the working mom behind ParenTeam.com. An online resource for working wives of SAHD.

Buy the book on Amazon: 42 Rules for Working Moms

About Laura Lowell:
Laura Lowell is a working mom who has navigated the waters of working motherhood since the birth of her oldest daughter in 2000. Part-time, full-time and business ownership - Lowell has tried it all. In the process she came to meet, question and learn from other working moms. 42 Rules for Working Moms shares those experiences with others. After all, we work and we love our kids and we do the best we can. Laura is the founder of Impact Marketing and a sought after consultant, author, and speaker in Silicon Valley. Prior to launching Impact Marketing Group, Laura held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Intel and IBM. Her degree in International Relations prepared her for work assignments in Hong Kong and London. She received her MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business with an emphasis on marketing and entrepreneurship. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Los Gatos, California


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