Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak : An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-06
  • Publisher: Avery Trade
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wickedly funny, girlfriend-to-girlfriend survival guide for working mothers who want real answers, not mommy manifestos or sappy crap on finding "balance" Most books for working mothers are earnest, serious guides with some usefull information, but lack the snark and praticality that today's overworked moms relate to. Marketing veterans Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak know firsthand what a struggle it can be to hold down a stressful job while raising a family-and that sometimes the only way to preserve your sanity is with laughter. A survival guide for the rest of us, Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weakis filled with bitterly funny topics like: Congratulations. Now, where do I slot "baby" in Outlook? Maternity Leave: Vacation or Hell? The Breastaurant is Open for Business: The pump and grind of nursing after you return to work. You Are Not Your Husband's Mother! and other time-sucking obligations. And more day-to-day advice for surviving the working-mommy trenches Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weakis the indispensable "what to expect when you're expected back at work" guide for working mothers or any woman considering returning to work after baby.

Author Biography

Amy Eschliman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and works in business development for a national retailer.

Leigh Oshirak has worked in publicity and marketing for major film studios and brands, including Disney, Joe Boxer, and the nation's leading home furnishings retailer. The authors live in California, and are bloggers at the theofficemoms.com.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Pollyanna Period
Congratulations, Now Where Do I Slot “Baby” in Outlook?p. 9
CU Wouldn't Want 2BU/Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?p. 27
On Leave: Vacation or Hell? You Make the Callp. 43
The Bitch Is Back
Child Care: It'll Make You or Break Youp. 65
The Breastraunt Is Open for Business: It's Official—You Are a Dairy Queenp. 98
Call the Help Desk—You Need Your Password!p. 120
Fake It Till You Make It (Looks Are Everything)p. 138
The Crash
The Realities of the Working Mom: Business Trips, Diarrhea, a Leaking Roof, Pinkeye, Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Whining Employees, Pouting Husbands, and Other Issues That Drive You to the Brink of Insanityp. 161
Crazy Eyes and Other Signs That You've Officially Lost Itp. 187
The Guilt Is Killing Me!p. 204
Your Career—The Sacrificial Lambp. 214
Mommy Gets Her Mojo Back
Throwing Money, Mothers-in-Law, and More Money at the Problemp. 233
You Are Not Your Husband's Motherp. 257
Fried Eggs for Dinner and Other Time-Saving Tipsp. 273
We've Got Your Back
The Circle of Trustp. 297
Taking Care of You: More Than the Three S's (Shower, Sh*t, and Shave)p. 310
Epilogue: Yes, It's Hard, but We're Not About to Change Itp. 325
Acknowledgmentsp. 327
Resourcesp. 331
Indexp. 337
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