Giveaway Monday – Book review
If there was one book I wish I’d had when I first found out I was pregnant, this is it… unfortunately it wasn’t available back then.
As someone determined to balance a full-time career with being a mum, this book would have been gold, and saved me a lot of heartache. Then again, I might not be working in my own business now (totally enjoying myself I must say – at least most days!)
While the book is aimed more at women who wish to rejoin the paid workforce, and contains a considerable amount of attention paid to finding a job and negotiating flexible working arrangements, it still has loads of great advice for mums running their own business, including a short section on the pros and cons of being a business mum.
The tone of the book is very matter-of-fact, and it is obvious that both Kate and Allison have been there, done that. It is very positive and approachable, but is also quite clear about taking responsibility for yourself, and rising above your “mummy brain”. Fortunately it contains a wealth of tips to help you do just that. There are also some great case studies from both employed and self-employed mums, so you know you are not alone.
In particular, I found the sections on building self-confidence, sorting out the home front and streamlining your life were incredibly practical and relevant. There are certainly some areas of my current life that need attention, and I will be revisiting this book over the coming months to help me introduce some changes.
CareerMums is an easy read (I knocked it off in one afternoon), full of practical advice that every mum returning to work in Australia should have. Be aware though, it will not tell you how to run your business, get your toddler to keep up their day sleeps or how to stop your small child from interrupting EVERY time you pick up the phone, even if it does tell you how to sort out your wardrobe.
I’m hoping this pair will write a similar book especially for mumpreneurs, so that we have our own little “work/life balance” bible too.
A little more on the authors:
Kate Sykes is the founder of careermums.com.au, Australia’s first dedicated careers centre and jobs board for working parents and parents returning to work. Allison Tait is an experienced journalist who has been writing for books, magazines, newspapers and websites for more years than she cares to remember. Between them, they have five children, two husbands and an understanding that parents need a practical game plan to get them back to work and to help them stay there. Career Mums is that game plan.
Cath Connell from Leaf started her eco-friendly paper communications business, Leaf, after inspiration struck her days before a redundancy from her marketing role in “Big Corporate”.
Creating products that help kids find their voices, tap into their creativity and think for themselves is the main focus of Leaf at the moment. Although she also hopes to reinvigorate the art of personal story telling, building greater understanding and shared human experience, not to mention having some good belly laughs over a vino or two with friends.
She lives on the side of a hill (with an awesome view) and is the mother of an active 5 year old mountain goat!
Career Mums is giving away TWO books worth $19.95 each! To win, leave a comment below telling us which aspect of parenting you wish you had a “survival guide” for.
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