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Good enough is the new perfect : finding happiness and success in modern motherhood /

Main Author: Gillespie, Becky Beaupre.
Other Authors: Temple, Hollee Schwartz.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Harlequin, 2011
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SUMMARY

We're the generation destined to have it all-a great job, the perfect family and the time to enjoy both. But between the conference calls and soccer practices, do you feel like you've lost track of what really makes you happy? And are you finding out the hard way that you can't do everything? The truth is that you can have it all. The secret is creating an "all" that you love. Join a growing new wave of mothers who are learning to let go of the little things and focus on what they really want out of their career, their family and their life. Through their groundbreaking research, Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple have discovered a paradigm shift in motherhood today: more and more mothers are losing their "never enough" attitude and embracing a Good Enough mindset to be happier, more confident and more successful. Filled with inspiring firsthand accounts from working mothers and drawn from the latest research, Good Enough Is the New Perfect is a true roadmap for the incredible balancing act we call motherhood.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introductionp. ix
1I Quitp. 1
2The Inheritancep. 23
3The New Mommy Warsp. 43
4The Good (Enough) Wifep. 67
5Finding The Right Fit at Workp. 93
6Motherhood in the Age of Technologyp. 117
7I'm The Boss of Mep. 131
8Redefining the Summit in High-Stakes Careersp. 153
9Even The Best-Laid Plansp. 173
10Reentry and Reinvention on the Path to the New Perfectp. 193
11Martinis on the Front Porchp. 209
Appendix AThe New Perfect Surveyp. 227
Appendix BThe Roundtable: A Live Discussion on Working Motherhoodp. 239
Endnotesp. 259
Indexp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 271
About the Authorsp. 275


Review by Booklist Review

In the latest book to examine whether women can have it all a successful career and well-adjusted children and be happy, Gillespie and Temple find that it's possible as long as women give up on the myth of perfection. Drawing on interviews, extensive research, and a survey of 900-plus women, they contend that working mothers are either th. good enough. or th. never enoughs. and more women are finding balance and satisfaction among the former. Each chapter begins with simple, useful, bulleted points on such topics as marriage, work flexibility, and managing crises from . good enoug. perspective. While the explanations can become bogged down in statistics, the first-person accounts throughout are compelling and applicable. As Gillespie and Temple point out, their research focuses on, and thus may be most helpful to, women who are well educated and well-enough off to choose to create more flexible, balanced schedules.--Walker, Aleksandr. Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Gillespie, a journalist, and Temple, a lawyer, explore modern motherhood and family/work balance in this examination of a new generation of mothers battling the conflicting pushes and pulls of career goals and mothering roles. The authors, who both left their jobs and forged new career paths after having children, surveyed more than 900 working mothers (most were college educated and financially secure), born between the years of 1965 and 1980. Many of these women, the offspring of baby boomers, were competitive perfectionists, attempting to have and do it all. But, the authors discovered, those mothers who had a "good enough" rather than "never enough" attitude toward their lives were happier and more successful. In fact, Gillespie and Temple argue, redefining success (but not "settling") and creating careers that match both personal and professional goals is crucial if mothers are to finally throw off the cloak of dissatisfaction and inner conflict that has so often defined the lives of women in past generations. Along with their personal stories, the authors include brief profiles of a number of women who have shaped their own careers, either by pursuing entrepreneurial dreams or by exploring flexible schedules, often using technology to extend job boundaries and options. Gillespie and Temple provide inspiring examples for contemporary mothers striving to find balance and happiness within work and family life. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Becky Beaupre Gillespie and Hollee Schwartz Temple are the work-life balance columnists for the American Bar Association Journal. Becky has written for the Chicago Sun-Times, The Detroit News and USA TODAY, among others. A professor at West Virginia University College of Law, Hollee has been published in the Miami Herald, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and various national law reviews. Join their community at TheNewPerfect.com.