Flex Time: A Working Mother's Guide to Balancing Career and Family

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9781569244821: Flex Time: A Working Mother's Guide to Balancing Career and Family

Trying to strike the right balance between career and motherhood is one of the most stressful, heart-wrenching issues facing women today. Torn between the need to nurture and the need to work, women yearn for a way to have the best of both worlds. In Flex Time, author Jacqueline Foley shows mothers that they can get the life they want by changing the way they work. In direct and engaging language, Foley shows readers how to create a personal vision of work/family balance, figure out the flexible work schedule that best suits them, prepare a compelling proposal for flexible work to pitch to their boss, and much more. Based on in-depth interviews with more than 100 women across North America, Flex Time is the first such comprehensive guide that offers women everywhere much-needed relief from the hectic, unbalanced pace of trying to juggle full-time work with raising children.

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JACQUELINE FOLEY is an accomplished writer who has been published in Homemaker’s magazine, Canadian Living magazine, and on the new women’s portal, Mocha Sofa. A mother of two and a flexible worker herself, Foley lives with her family outside Toronto, Canada.

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Inspired by a mother’s love for her newborn son, this warmly written volume is a practical guide to shaping a mother’s professional life to allow her more time with her children. The author acknowledges that making room for both career and family does require "trade-offs, such as earning less money, moving out of the city, and scaling back on... business plans," but also expresses why those trade-offs can be worthwhile. Foley takes mothers through the surprising life and priority changes that a first child brings, and then offers suggestions for achieving the right balance of working hours. Also included are helpful tips for convincing a boss that flexible hours are a viable option—e.g., showing how you’ll remain accessible, suggesting regular performance reviews and gathering evidence that flexible hours work. She wraps up with a thorough outline for assembling a "flex time" proposal, which is a helpful checklist of points women should consider. For mothers ready to sacrifice a part—but not all—of their working life in exchange for more time with their kids, this is a thoughtful resource.
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