There's no shortage of books, manuals, and advice for taking care of a new baby, but what about a working mom? Happy mom, happy baby, right?
Lauren Smith Brody's idea for her new book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby was born alongside her first son as she navigated heading back to work as an editor at Glamour Magazine. I distinctly recall having many of the same questions and concerns she raises in The Fifth Trimester after having my first son and stumbling along blindly, piecing work and family life together the best I knew how. Thanks to The Fifth Trimester, you don't have to.
For the The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby, Brody Smith surveyed and interviewed hundreds of working mothers, fathers, and other experts about returning to work after becoming a parent. The Fifth Trimester is made up of their stories, tips, and strategies for navigating your own journey.
With chapters ranging from Who's Taking Care of Your Little One, with advice on selecting the right child care option for your family, to On Looking Human Again, with practical advice how to streamline your beauty routine and shop for your postpartum body, The Fifth Trimester is a must-read for new moms.
Of course, I was very focused on the beauty and style suggestions. Let's just say Smith Brody and I are on the same page when it comes to looking good and feeling good, but not taking it all too seriously. A uniform and simple beauty routine are what we have been promoting for years.
While I opted out of the traditional, corporate work force many years ago, I still appreciate and find the conversation about supporting working mothers fascinating and essential to both healthy families and a productive society in general. Instead of being discouraged by maternity leave policies in the U.S., Smith Brody encourages us to focus on what we can control and gives stellar advice for staying positive and productive. For example, on dealing with working mom judgement, which you could experience at any time as a parent, Smith Brody sources 3 different ways to respond:
- Acknowledge their interest by saying: "I so appreciate you're thinking what's best for our family. I know you love us. Here's what we think is best."
- Legitimize their cultural cluelessness by saying: "As you can see, this is a topic and debate that so many people are having right now. Here's the choice we're making."
- Deflect their attention by asking: "What did you do? It's always so interesting to hear how people come to a very personal decision like this. Say, would you like a deviled egg?"
I love that The Fifth Trimester isn't a one-size fits all and provides an array of experiences and advice for the many different circumstances and challenges working moms experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Fifth Trimester and think you or the new mom in your life will too.
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