Editor's Letter: Managing the Work-Life Dynamic
"Today, despite all of the gains we have made, neither men nor women have real choice. Until women have supportive employers and colleagues as well as partners who share family responsibilities, they don't have real choice. And until men are fully respected for contributing inside the home, they don't have real choice either."
Sheryl Sandberg, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead"
Work-life balance is a hot topic for all parents.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made headlines this past year for her book and movement encouraging women to "lean in" to their ambitions and take more leadership roles. It's an admirable goal, and Sandberg has been praised by many for these efforts. But the movement is not without controversy. After all, not all women want to be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Many stay-at-home moms and single moms criticized Sandberg's book for not being relevant to their situations.
And let's face it: It's a lot easier to "lean in" at work when you have millions in your bank account and help running your household. To her credit, Sandberg acknowledges the challenges of family responsibilities in her quote above, and I'm glad her movement has fostered so much discussion.
But the reality is that most moms I know clip coupons and struggle to keep up with household chores, meal planning and shopping in addition to business meetings, deadlines and finding time to get the kids to soccer practice.
But there is good news: More and more employers are implementing programs, policies and benefits with the working parent in mind. In this issue, we proudly announce Carolina Parenting's N.C. Family-Friendly 50, the top companies in the state for working parents. These companies are exemplary in creating a family-friendly work culture and should be applauded for these efforts. We've also included brief profiles of several Triad companies that made our annual list.
Also in this issue, writer Ginny Gaylor offers practical advice from experts on how to make your house and life run more smoothly (The Work-Life Balancing Act). Gaylor outlines seven important tips for better organization at home.
Writer Lisa Hassell also has expert advice for us this month as she tackles the most common issues parents face in the work-life juggle (Life Lessons From Life Coaches). Read her story to find out why moms need to let go of our quest for "perfection."
And finally, we hope that you will join us next month as we celebrate working moms at our Moms@Work Breakfast & Expo to be held Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8 a.m. at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. Please visit piedmontparent.com/momsatwork for ticket information. There will be goody bags, door prizes, opportunities for networking and much more discussion about the work-life dynamic. I hope to see you there.