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Top Female Earners

Momprenuer Balancing Act - Jenna - May 16, 2011

It’s no secret I have been doing some serious soul searching. Part of that search is the search for a new career. In my research i found an article that broke down the top paying careers for woman. They are pretty much the same as men and are not really family friendly.

However I wonder if there are any readers that have any of these careers, and are willing to share how they feel and what they make.

So what are these careers? According of to the Bureau of Land Statistics the top Five are as fallows…

*CEO

*Pharmacist

*Lawyers

*Physicians/Surgeons

*Computer Programer

*Occupational Therapists

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What I know for sure

Things I wish I'd known - Jenna - May 16, 2011

The past few years I have been part of the not so exclusive group of working moms.  As the need for a two income family grows it is often not a question of “does mom work?” but rather “what does mom do for a living?” Of course having two parents contribute to the family income means changes for the family dynamics. So how do you balance it all.

I of course do not have it down pat but there are a few things I have come to know for sure…..

*Stay involved in school . Perhaps you can use your business savvy to create a web site or organize events. Make sure if you can to attend and help in class at least once or twice a year. It will make a small difference in your work life, and a huge difference in your family life. Not to mention the effort will go pretty far in staving off the mommy guilt.

*Avoid busy mornings! Plan ahead the night before to start your day connected and fresh.

*Make the most of evenings. If you have to leave your phone in the car and duct tape your lap top shut, than do it! Work until the evening news if you want but do it after your kids go to bed. The hour or two between home work, dinner, sports, and bed is not going to come back so don’t waste it.

*Establish routine! Kids and families run smoother and are happier when we know what is coming next.

*Get some help, you do not have to be super mom and it takes a village!

*Last but not least, and hardest for me….Take time for yourself! You are the center of this family so how well do you expect it to run if you are run down?

It ain’t easy but it’s fun, so make sure you know how important you are. Your family is going to grow and leave you, and you will only have your memories so don’t rush through them!

Happy Juggling

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Just ripped from the headlines…… Working moms feel more guilt than working dads

Things I wish I'd known - Jenna - April 21, 2011

Today on the today show several working moms highlighted the effects of mommy guilt. The stories rang true and everyone from Meridith Vera to the gall that sorts the mail seemed to have similar issues with this ever present force for working moms…..Mommy Guilt! It is one of those topics that has been covered by many a blogger, myself included, and seems to affect all of us in some way. Whether we work full time, part time, from home, or out side the house.

 “The Mom Complex” think tank founder Katherine Wintsch, she shared that we often find ourselves living up to the wrong definition of what makes a good mom. It pays to ask your child what makes a good mom, because they’ll tell you what really matters.

I found it to be a very interesting, well covered topic & thought it to definatly be a clip worth  sharing.

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To view the entire article along with the clip visit the Today Show Article Page  and tell me ….. did you find this helpful or are you still as lost and guilt ridden as ever?

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Hope for the juggling mama with a good personality

Things I wish I'd known - Jenna - February 28, 2011

The other day as I was screaming through the grocery store after being with clients all day, but before picking up kids & heading off to sports, activities, working from home ect. I had just minutes to spare when I turned a corner a little hot & crashed into another woman.  Trying to be polite I  lifted my gaze and only to find one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen in the chip isle. Just as I was offering up my apologies I was handed a stern look, and a tongue lashing from the this beautiful lady, & lets just say her language was not so beautiful.

This mid isle collision got me thinking about the meaning of beauty. At first glance this woman was stunning but the words from her mouth and demeanor instantly made her just as about as appealing as a toad in heals.

I don’t know about you but beauty isn’t exactly on the top of my list as a busy working mom. I am not saying I sport sweats and messy hair all the time, but I have made it to a client meeting with chipped nail polish and a run in my hose. I use to feel bad about this until I realized I am only human, and I can only do what I have time in the day for. I am forced to rely on my personality and kind nature to get my compliments.  The thing is that apparently that shining personality (which is all I have)  is more important when defining beauty than you might think.

According to most men they are more likely to marry and hire  a srtong confident woman who is also kind and nurturing than a physically beautiful one.  For those of us that have had three kids, run a business, and have zero time for themselves there is hope!

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