Be a Guilt-Free and Organized Working Mother!

The Working Mother coverThe Working Mother
Handling Both Baby and Job

I feel qualified to evaluate this book as I was working full time and got pregnant in 1989.  This would have been an eye catching title for me.  For all I know, I picked it up back in the day and looked at it. I am also sure I put it down because this book is so unhelpful it borders on the stupid. No where is there advice about maternity leave, legal rights, and what to do if you work for misogynistic bastards hell bent on making you quit.  Not that I am bitter or anything.

But I digress, this book is full of “helpful” advice about buying groceries, washing your hands frequently and trying to be perfect. (Hah!) I believe the “test” they give is about a control freak, not a supermom, so in my humble opinion, this book was no good in the late 80s and the information has not improved with age.


The Working Mother back cover

The dilemma - why work?

Supermom self-test


  1. SUPERMOM Quiz, Question 7: I own no vinyl furniture.

    TRUE: She’s so anal retentive, the suction would prevent her from standing up again.

  2. I like how they encourage taking the credit for other people’s ideas when being a “supermom”. Great example for the kid. Though shopping ahead for things you know are coming isn’t the worst thing in the world, especially since wintertime has so many more holidays than the summer.

  3. I really just wanna punch this book (on the back cover, not the side with the adorable baby). When I was home with my newborn, who never slept for more than 20 minutes at a time, I was usually too exhausted to shower or prepare a meal, let alone buy and wrap a year’s worth of gifts. Also, I appreciate the fact that we’ve learned to embrace the “just getting by” mom as much as the supermom these days.

  4. Other than the fact that the selections from this book make me tired and I don’t have kids, I think some of the suggestions are also written by people who don’t have kids.
    The suggestion about buying the baby’s clothes for “next season” is organized but shortsighted. To me it sounds like an invitation for your child to grow twice as quickly as expected so that when that season rolls around, those clothes you purchased so foresightfully no longer fit.

  5. So, a “supermom” is pushy, impatient, takes credit for other people’s work, and too proud to ask for help even when she needs it. I’ll stick with the clutter and random moments and the husband who will take three AM feedings when I need sleep, thanks.

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