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GOOD ENOUGH IS THE NEW PERFECT by Becky Beaupre Gillespie


Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood

by Becky Beaupre Gillespie & Hollee Schwartz Temple

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-373-89237-2
Publisher: Harlequin

Bloggers Gillespie and Temple give common-sense advice for women looking to balance career and family.

No parent is perfect, and no career is without sacrifices, write the authors. Mothers today are so exhausted from their successful careers, they have to let go of the myth of Supermom. In their debut, Gillespie and Temple attempt to reassure upper-income mothers who are stressed with career and family. Women, faced with so many choices, want everything, but because they have been raised to believe they can do it all, motherhood becomes a competitive sport. The authors surveyed 905 women born between 1965 and 1980 and asked them to speak about the difficulty of balancing their work and home lives. Each chapter offers bullet-point tips and examples from their subjects as well as the authors’ lives. Not surprisingly, mothers who realize that doing their best is good enough are happiest. Much of the authors’ advice is merely straightforward and conventional, but there are a few high points. Among them: a lengthy discussion of career advice that urges women to think long term before choosing a specialty.

Far-from-revelatory observations about adjusting career expectations to fit with motherhood.