Tidbits of Advice to Help Balance Career and Motherhood
By Erin Flynn Jay
John Hunt Publishing, $19.95, 197 pages
Erin Flynn Jay is passionate about her topic in Mastering the Mommy Track. She wrestled with what many women wrestle with: trying to succeed at fulfilling careers while also trying to be the best mother possible to her kids. The book is divided into four main parts: Home, Health, Parenting, and Work-Life. Home issues include communication, finance, romance, and mental health. The Health section comprises of sleep deprivation and nutrition. The Parenting chapter is just that—parenting and childcare challenges. The Work-Life chapters cover time management, self-care, and career planning.
Jay’s major premise is that the downward economy has created a great deal of tension between motherhood and a career. Her book includes nuggets of wisdom not only from herself, but also other mothers. Most advice will be learned once you have had your first child, but this book can give you a head start. Although Jay stresses the downward economy as the catalyst for the tension and stress of working mothers, I think mothering and a career have always been at odds, and really is nothing new. Pick up this book for tidbits of advice, or just to know that you are not the only one that struggles with the guilt and carefully constructed balancing act that can fall apart as soon as your daycare calls to let you know your child is sick and you do not have a backup plan.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff