As Mother's Day approaches, I think about what my mother and I have in common — we both balanced work and family.
My mother, a teacher and single mom, had to find patience for her own three kids after coming home from spending her days with a classroom full of noisy kids. That takes real patience. Because I work from home, I too, must find patience when my kids come barging into my home office noisily or bring large groups of friends home after school while I'm on deadline.
I guess what I'm saying is that combining work and family is never easy but do it well and it's extremely rewarding.
Today, as I sort through the Mother's Day stories and press releases coming into my Inbox, I wanted to share a few that I found interesting.
- 31% of moms say they pretend to like their Mother’s Day gifts
- 62% of working mothers would rather work part-time
- The best medicine for mommy stress? A female social network.
- What do moms really want for Mother’s Day? Quality time with family, a gift card to their favorite store, or fine dining out!
* MyHeritage, the world's largest online family-history network, just conducted research on the evolution of women over the last 100 years just in time for Mother's Day. Here are some of its findings:
Average Age Women Got Married : 1914 – 21.6/ 2014 – 26.9
Percentage of Women Who Got Divorced: 1914 – 0.1%/ 2014 – 50%
Average Age During First Birth: 1914 – 22/ 2014 – 30
Cost of Weekly Grocery Shopping 1914 – $ 4/2014 – $ 200
Percentage of Women in the Work Force 1914 – 19.9%/ 2014 – 46.3%
Life Expectancy: 1914 – 51.8/2014 – 82.2
Number of Children: 1914 – 3/2014 – 2
* Working Mother Magazine has revealed its list of 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2014. There are some great surprises on this list.
* Lastly, with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, the personal financial social network WalletHub released a study analyzing the Best & Worst States for Working Moms, based on nine metrics ranging from the cost and quality of day care to the gender pay gap and parental leave policies in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. My state (Florida) didn't make either list. Check here to see if your's did.
To all you working mothers out there doing your best every day to balance work and family, I applaud you and wish you a very happy Mother's Day!