While some women find professional or personal satisfaction as full-time working or stay-at-home mothers, others feel deeply divided between work and home. (Read more about the rise of the work/home divide.) If you’re someone looking for concrete advice for filling in the gap and finding time for yourself, look no further than Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s latest eBook, Work Shift: Finding a Better Blend of Work, Life and Family.
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When Thomas was first born, being a mom was pretty easy. He slept, nursed, played, and then slept some more. I wrote, taught, and felt satisfied that I was doing many meaningful and challenging things with my life. But as he slowly became more and more like a little person, caring for him took up more and more of my time. The time to meet my own needs eroded away so gradually, I didn’t notice. It wasn’t until I was hospitalized with post-partum depression (after Thomas was one, by the way), that I accepted an important truth about life: Being a wife and mother means meeting my family’s needs–and I’m a part of my family, too. My mental health and happiness contribute immeasurably to the well-being of my husband and son.
That’s what Anne’s book is all about–finding a sense of balance in your life. Maybe you need the intellectual stimulation of part-time work, but you’re satisfied doing it from home. Or you’re a lonely extrovert longing for a job that brings you into contact with other adults. Perhaps you’d like to contribute to your family’s finances without having to pay for childcare. Work Shift has practical advice for you. Anne introduces you to other women who have made choices that balance the needs of all the members of their families–objective stories with no mommy guilt thrown in for the things you are or aren’t doing for your kids.
A disproportionate number of woman Anne interviewed are wives of ministers or female ministers themselves–their families have a kind of flexibility many families can only dream of. But Work Shift still gives us plenty of tips for thinking outside of the box, overcoming hurdles, and living the life we want.