A Week in the Life of Working Moms: A Series from CorporetteMoms.com

Working moms share a week in their lives, including work-life balance tips from a wide variety of careers.These are ALL of the installments of our very popular interview series, "Week in the Life of a Working Mom," in which we talk to various moms from across the US in various walks of life about their childcare, work-life balance, mom hacks, and more. Some easy tags if you're looking for something particular -- click these links to take you to the interviews with these particular features:week in the life of a working mom

Childcare

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Mom's Career

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About the Kids

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Where Mom Lives & Works

MidwestSouthern USWest • Northeast

Mom's Lifestyle

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Manager at an Oil Company in Texas

work-life balance for a manager at an oil company in TexasFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader E.D., who lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and works as a mid-level manager at a major oil company. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! — Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here.

First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: E.D.
Location: Texas
Job: mid-level manager at a major oil company
Age: 38
Home Situation: I live in a 3,000-square-foot house with my husband (38, writer), and our 2.5-year-old daughter. My husband works from home but travels last minute a lot.
Childcare Situation: Our toddler goes to daycare, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for $1,000/month. (Update: This has increased to $1,500 since E.D. submitted her Week in the Life.)

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Week in the Life: Fundraiser in Boston

boston fundraiser work-life balanceFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Elizabeth, who lives in Boston with her husband and daughter and was works as a fundraiser in health care. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! — Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here.

First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Elizabeth
Location: Lives and works in greater Boston
Job: fundraiser in health care
Age: 32
Home Situation: I live in a 1,600-square-foot house just outside Boston with my husband (36, engineer), daughter (2.5), and dog. We are expecting another baby girl in two months.fundraiser in health care
Childcare Situation: Our daughter has been in the same daycare center full time since she was 13 weeks old. Baby will begin in the infant room at the same center after my maternity leave. The total for both kids will be around $3,600.

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Week in the Life: Technical Expert in Sub-Saharan Africa

work-life balance technical expert mom in Sub-Saharan AfricaFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader J, who lives in sub-Saharan Africa with her husband and son and was works as a technical expert for a large international institution. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! — Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here.

First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Reader J
Location: Capital city in sub-Saharan Africa
Job: technical expert for a large international institution
Age: 34
Home Situation:

My husband (39, works in government), my one-year old son, and I live in employer-provided housing in an expat neighborhood. We have a three-bedroom house with a small yard and a swimming pool in a walled compound.work-life balance technical expert mom in Sub-Saharan Africa

Childcare Situation:

We have an amazing nanny who works about 45 hours/week as well as a full-time housekeeper who helps out with childcare. In total, we have childcare coverage from 7:00–5:30 on weekdays and a few hours on Saturday morning. I won’t share how much we pay because it would make your U.S.-based readers keel over with jealousy, but we pay top-of-the-market salaries and benefits to both our nanny and housekeeper and it accounts for less than 5% of our take-home pay. (We both work professional jobs.)

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Trial Lawyer in Georgia

 trial lawyer work life balance georgia momFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Meredith, who lives in Georgia with her husband and four sons and was working as a trial lawyer when she shared her week with us. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here.

First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Meredith
Location: Live in Smyrna, Georgia; work in small personal injury firm in Atlanta (Here’s an update from Meredith: “Since writing this Week in the Life, I’ve opened my own law firm for more flexibility in balancing work/life demands.work life balance trial lawyer in Georgia“) 
Job: trial lawyer
Age: 36
Home Situation: Four kids; stay-at-home dad who homeschools the older two 
Childcare Situation: Preschool three days a week for 3-year-old during school year ($2,500); homeschool co-op ($4,000)

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: An Engineer in Texas

engineer work-life balanceFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Jeffiner, who lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and works as an engineer. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here.

First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Jeffiner
Location: Texas
Job: Engineer
Age: 37
Home Situation:  

I live in a 1,700-square-foot house with a large yard. My husband is 36 and is an engineer at the same company where I work. We have one daughter who is 2.5, and I’m expecting baby number two in March. We have one indoor cat, three outdoor cats, and a couple of chickens in the backyard. (Here’s an update from Jeffiner: “Since writing up my week, I unfortunately suffered a miscarriage. My husband and I are currently TTC again.”) 

Childcare Situation:

Full-time daycare, at a national chain — $206.10 per week, including a 10% company discount.engineer work-life balance in Texas working mom

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: A Manager-Analyst in TX

For this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader S, who lives in Texas with her husband and foster child and works as a project manager/data analyst. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

If you’d like to be featured (anonymously or otherwise), please fill out this form! You can see all posts in this series here.

First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: S
Location: Live in Houston but outside the loop, relatively short commute: 20–45 min. each way
Job: I’m a hybrid between a project manager and a data analyst. I work in the oil industry.
Age: 31
Home Situation: I live in a 1,500-square-foot house with my DH (financial analyst, 31), FB (foster baby, 14 weeks), and dog (retired, 9 years) [Here’s an update from S, since it’s been a while since she submitted her Week in the Life: “Foster baby is now 15 months, walking, testing boundaries, but is still very sweet.”]

Childcare Situation: Daycare 40 hours per week, $850/month. DH and I have mostly flexible schedules. Our families live over 250 miles away. Friends babysit sometimes.

S added a little more about her experience fostering a child: 

The foster process has been a challenge; he is now 15 months and still no adoption date is in sight. The system is definitely broken, but our case has been unusually quiet and easy (if long) and foster baby is so sweet. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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