The Mommy Effect Study: Did You Underestimate Working Motherhood?

mommy effect studyHave you seen the recent Wall Street Journal article called “Working Women Often Underestimate Motherhood Costs”? It reports on a recent study, “The Mommy Effect,” which found that many women have unrealistic views of what it’s like to be a working mom. The researchers say that women underestimate the time, money, and effort it will require — from childcare costs to the pressure to breastfeed — and are too optimistic about how their careers will fare. (Not surprisingly, this often leads to them leaving the workforce.) Let’s discuss it today: Did The Mommy Effect study resonate with you? Do you think you had unrealistic views of what it would be like to be a working mother? On the flip side, do you feel like you were too pessimistic about being a working mom before you became one? 

Psst: you may want to check out some of our previous discussions on career changes after baby and work-life balance advice to your pre-mom self.

Here are a couple of key passages from the article so that we can discuss (note that the WSJ is subscription-only), or you can take a look at the full study:

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Budget Thursday: V-Neck Blouse with Flounce

Personally, I find it difficult to shop at H&M. I often go into the dressing room with an armful of hangers and leave with nothing. However, the items that I do end up purchasing I wear all the time. This is a great work top — the deep v-neck is flattering without showing too much, and the ruffles aren’t over the top or cheap looking. I like how they add interest but don’t interfere when paired with a patterned bottom. My instinct is to order the black, but I love the light purple and dark green, two colors that I don’t often wear to work. The top is machine washable and comes in sizes 0–18, and it’s $24.99. V-Neck Blouse with Flounce

A plus-size option (on sale) is at Lord & Taylor.

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Professional Summertime Fashion for Moms

Professional Summertime Fashion for MomsHere’s a question for you: how has your summer workwear changed after having kids? What does professional summertime fashion for moms LOOK like for you?  For example: white pants for work — are those a no after kids because they’re too hard to keep clean? Do you find you prefer flats or other comfortable commuting footwear in case your kiddo runs away from you before you can drop him or her off at daycare? Do you accessorize once you get to work rather than dealing with little ones pulling at your necklaces and earrings? Has your commute with kids changed your fashion in other ways — having to lug a breast pump to or from work, needing to wear a hat to set a good example for your kids, or needing to wear your baby en route to daycare?

For my $.02, the biggest change for me has definitely been in fabric choices as well as undergarments — I used to wear a ton of sheath dresses with flesh-toned Spanx beneath them, but now solidly prefer black Jockey skimmies slipshorts with summer dresses so that if I end up crawling on the floor with my kiddo it’s obviously bike shorts. As for fabric choices, I shy away from higher maintenance things like linen and silk and vastly prefer machine washable workwear.professional summertime fashion for moms - image of a professional working mom taking her daughter to daycare

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Rickrack Trim Dress

This is a fun, washable dress for the summer. I like how the color and cut are conservative and professional but the wavy white trim adds some fun and youthfulness to it. The white trim looks like it hits at the smallest point of your torso, which is slimming. Also, the material is linen/cotton, which means you won’t sweat to death during your commute. Another feature I think is cute is that the top section has a separates illusion so that the wavy trim is at the bottom and not just a sewn onto the dress itself. It’s $108 full price and is on sale for $64.50 at J.Crew Factory in sizes 00-20. Rickrack Trim Dress

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Accessory Tuesday: 14k Gold Sideways Initial Necklace

I am drawn to initial jewelry and monograms. Maybe it stems from the validated feeling I got as a kid when I found my name in the selection of personalized key chains they sold at gift shops, but I love having things customized. I knew I wanted a piece of jewelry with my son’s initial that I could wear every day. I like this necklace because of the sideways initial and the fact that you can get it in 14 inches. That length makes it easy to wear every day and layer it with longer necklaces, as well. (It’s also available in lengths 16″-22″.) I’m not crazy about the color of my son’s birthstone, but this seller also has listings for the initial without the birthstone. The necklace comes in yellow gold, rose gold, and white gold and is $129.90 at Etsy from deiajewelry. 14k Gold Sideways Initial Necklace

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Maternity Monday: Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Suiting Pants 

When I was pregnant, my mother-in-law generously took me shopping for a few nice maternity pieces. Luckily, most of my maternity wardrobe came in the form of several black garbage bags stuffed to the brim with clothes that were passed around to a few different friends. For work though, I definitely needed some quality pieces, and this pair of pants was one my MIL purchased. I even went the extra mile on these and hemmed them so that I could wear them with flats. These are a nice thick material and held up well throughout my pregnancy. I probably wore them at least twice a week, and they matched everything because they’re a very classic cut. They’re $98 at A Pea in the Pod. Secret Fit Belly Straight Leg Maternity Suiting Pants

Building a maternity wardrobe for work? Check out our page with more suggestions along both classic and trendy/seasonal lines.

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