Thursday, March 13, 2014

Leave Your Kid Stories at Home

Here's another Get It Done Tip from Real Simple's article "The Ten Secrets of one Unflappable Working Mother". 

She writes "Leave your kids (and the stories about them) at home. While I’m sure your coworkers love hearing about Sophie’s ballet recital or poison ivy, you can keep them begging for more by limiting updates on family life to one per week (unless your kid gets a perfect score on his SAT, in which case, keep the good news to yourself forever). Remember―bragging about your kids is what family parties are for."

Gosh that is such great advice.  If you talk about your kids constantly at work people peg you as a mom versus a professional.  While we all know the kids are more important than work, the point is you don't need to flaunt it at work. 
Your boss may have good intentions when saying "oh, she can't (or wouldn't want) to take that business trip because she has kids".  They think they are doing you favor, but in reality it is taking away career opportunities.  To ensure this doesn't ever happen to me I am blunt with my CEO and remind her every so often I don't want to miss out on opportunities because I am fortunate to have a great support system.

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