How to Find A Company Which Embraces (and Loves!) MotherhoodJune 30, 2018
Here at Alice's Table we have a our fair share of moms (yes, dog-moms count too!). And we're also proud to say that each member of our HQ grew up with hard-working and career-driven moms. So, needless to say, we embrace mom-life to the fullest.
But we also know that finding a career that embraces motherhood as much as you do, isn't an easy feat. Sure, unlimited vacations and work from home options are a great start, but more importantly are those things you always find yourself pushing aside, your happiness and sanity. And if we spend 1/3 of our life at work, you deserve to find a place that embraces you and your kiddos.
Do What You Love
Some days, work might be a well-deserved, 8 hour, kid-free zone. But if you find yourself wishing you were at home with a tantrumming toddler, rather than at your desk, we would suggest reconsidering, it might not be the job for you.
Like the #girlboss queen (yes, we're talking about Oprah) said, "Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." As a mom you need some serious energy to come at the end of the day and keep on trucking through dinnertime, bedtime and every extracurricular activity in-between.
If you - and trust us, we know that this is a tremendous task in and of itself - can find a job that feeds a passion you have, you'll also find more energy. Like any job, you're going to have good days and bad days, but maybe the career that's meant for you after babies, isn't the same as before. Explore your options, we promise it never hurts. Plus, if Oprah says it, it has to be true, right?
From nurse visits to vet calls, it seems that just about every week something comes up (aka life, if we're being honest). We're fortunate to rock a woman-focused business, with hundreds of momprenuers, so we know that putting your kids first is non-negotiable. However, unfortunately, it's not the case at a lot of companies.
If you're on the job search, ask questions that help you find a company that values family life in conjunction with career growth. Or, if you're expecting, talk with your boss. Be open, share your aspirations and concerns - you're never going to get somewhere without verbalizing it.
It's Not Always Picture-Perfect
True story: A mom on our team once had her kiddo grab her phone mid-email. When she got it back and did a quick review, everything looked fine to her. But low and behold, two seconds later, our emails pinged and we (and a v-important brand's partnerships director) we're greeted with "Yo yo yo what's up".
The lesson learned? As a mom, you're thrown something new every day, and its critical to keep in mind that these hiccups and bumps in the road are never gong to go away, but that each one is a stepping stone to your ultimate success. And the sooner you can come to terms with this, you'll find yourself stressing less and focusing on what really matters, your kiddos.