Under the Lights A Child Model at Work Beirne 1989 This picture book is a sort of “day in the life” of a child model. It doesn’t really glamorize the profession and attempts to show how kids that work are
Take Charge Success Tactics for Business and Life Cannie 1980 This is more of a beginner’s guide to management. It reads like a self help book about esteem and personal growth. Heck, there are even a few mantras or positive
How to be a Successful Housewife/Writer Fantle Shimberg 1979 Submitter: Why is it awful? 1. The gendering of housework. 2. Questioning whether women would really want to write. 3. Keeping your hubby happy?!? Why the hell can’t he handle his
Boss Lady Foxworth 1978 Ladies, this is your guide to climbing the ladder in business. It is mostly about projecting the right image and navigating overly personal or invasive questions from co-workers. There is also a lot about how to
Budgeting Basics: How to Survive the Budgeting Process Ramsey and Ramsey 1985 Look at that accounting ledger paper on the cover. Along with the broken pencil and the “how to survive” subtitle, this is super inspiring! Clearly, from the cover,
See Me More Clearly: Career and Life Planning for Teens with Physical Disabilities With a Special Section Charting Your Course: Life Career Skills by Ellen Wallach Mitchell 1980 This was a great choice for many libraries in 1980. By 1990,
The Telephone and Time Management: Making It a Tool and Not a Tyrant Scott 1988 Here is yet another example of a great idea for a book that is just out of date. There are apps and other productivity tools
You Can’t Do It All
Ideas that work for mothers who work
Books like this make me mad. They particularly made me mad in the late 1980s and early 90s when I was in child hell. I would bet I read every single one of these books and no one had a “solution”. Because there isn’t one.
What all these books fail to understand is that regardless of what you do (or don’t do), someone will criticize your choice and make you feel lousy. Take your choice: you can be a bad mother or a bad employee. If you are really trying, you can be both!