Oct 2, 2019
If you’re a working mom, you’ve no doubt felt torn between your job and your family. When you’re with your children, you’re thinking about the work you should be doing. When you’re at work, you feel guilty for not being with your kids. No matter what you do, it’s never enough, and you’re riddled with mom guilt. So, what can you do about it? What if you could actually USE your mommy guilt as a roadmap to make you a better professional AND parent?
Atara Malach is a renowned parenting expert and psychotherapist with 30-plus years of experience in private practice. She is also a mother of six with a real-life understanding of what it’s like to be a working mom. Atara has combined her personal and professional expertise to develop a proven parenting system that gives women the tools to thrive both at home and at work, leveraging their mommy guilt to succeed as parents and professionals. Her new book is called A Working Mother’s GPS: A Guide to Parenting Success for the Modern Working Mom.
On this episode of Wickedly Smart Women, Atara joins Emerald to discuss how her own experience with mommy guilt inspired her work and share the feeling of never enough that’s so prevalent among working mothers. She walks us through her Guidelines for Parenting Success or GPS, offering insight around how to apply the skills of slow talk and the language of responsibility with your kids—or your colleagues. Listen in to understand how the skills that make you great at work enhance your role as a mother and learn how to use your mommy guilt as a catalyst to be a better version of yourself at home and at work!
How Atara’s own experience with mommy guilt inspired her work
The never enough feeling that most working moms experience
The three categories of mommy guilt Atara identified in her practice
Atara’s decision to use her guilt as a catalyst to develop new skills
Atara’s Guidelines for Parenting Success (GPS)
Applying slow talk + language of responsibility with kids, colleagues
How Atara applied her GPS skills to becoming an entrepreneur
How the skills that make you great at work make you a great mom
The GREEN skill of catching people/yourself doing something good