Babyproofing your career is a serious business and we like to treat the issues involved with due care and attention. But for all the in-depth assistance we can offer women who are looking to make a success of working motherhood – sometimes what’s needed is a bit of fun and inspiration to help you on your way. This week, we’re taking our lead from some of the seriously feisty and successful famous working mums out there. They may be celebrities but they’re not superwomen. They know it’s hard, they know it’s worth it – and they’re telling it how it is, leaky boobs and all!
Read on – power to the Motherhood!
‘There’s something really empowering about going, “Hell, I can do this! I can do this all!” That’s the wonderful thing about mothers, you can because you must, and you just do.’ – Kate Winslet, actress
‘You never know when you’re gonna get crapped on, when you’re gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns into hysterics. It might be like living with a drug addict.’ – Blake Lively, actress
‘Like so many working mothers all over the world, I feel the constant struggle to be the best mother I can, whilst setting a good example to my children to work hard. I travel for work when it’s necessary, and I miss them all the time when I am away.’ – Victoria Beckham, fashion designer
‘It’s not difficult to take care of a child; it’s difficult to do anything else while taking care of a child.’ – Julianne Moore, actress
‘I always give my title as ‘working mother’, because my children and my work are the two most important things in my life. Finding that balance is very important… Your career lasts a lifetime… stop and have your children whenever you’re ready, not when your job ‘allows’.’ – Karren Brady, CBE
‘I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.’ – Gloria Steinem, feminist and writer
‘It’s not wrong to be passionate about your career. When you love what you do, you bring that stimulation back to your family.’ – Allison Pearson, writer
‘A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.’ – Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, authors of Getting to 50/50
‘I think while all mothers deal with guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids.’ – Arianna Huffington, author and business woman
‘I pride myself on finding balance. I love making music and I love raising my boys. I find time to make BOTH a priority’ – Sheryl Crow, musician.
‘Sleep is out for 2009. Tired is the new black’ – Amy Poehler, comedian
‘Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.’ -Lisa Alther, writer
‘The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.’ —Arianna Huffington, author and business woman
‘Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.’ – Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook
‘Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.’ – Hillary Rodham Clinton, politician and former First Lady
‘If you are a mom, you are a superhero. Period.’ – Rosie Pope, entrepreneur
Daunted? Inspired? Sign up for our Babyproof Your Career online course here to prepare yourself for the challenging but hugely fulfilling world of working motherhood.
Caroline Flanagan is a Keynote Speaker, Babyproof Coach and Author of Babyproof Your Career, The Secret to Balancing Work and Family so you can Enjoy It All. Caroline believes passionately in the dream of having it all, and founded Babyproof Your Life to train and prepare ambitious career women for the marathon of working parenthood so they can find their own way to #enjoyitall and #makeitwork. You can reach Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org