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
|1||I Quit||p. 1|
|2||The Inheritance||p. 23|
|3||The New Mommy Wars||p. 43|
|4||The Good (Enough) Wife||p. 67|
|5||Finding The Right Fit at Work||p. 93|
|6||Motherhood in the Age of Technology||p. 117|
|7||I'm The Boss of Me||p. 131|
|8||Redefining the Summit in High-Stakes Careers||p. 153|
|9||Even The Best-Laid Plans||p. 173|
|10||Reentry and Reinvention on the Path to the New Perfect||p. 193|
|11||Martinis on the Front Porch||p. 209|
|Appendix A||The New Perfect Survey||p. 227|
|Appendix B||The Roundtable: A Live Discussion on Working Motherhood||p. 239|
|About the Authors||p. 275|
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
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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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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.