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Caitlin Friedman, coauthor of "Happy at Work, Happy at Home"

Author, publc relations and marketing professional

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You and Kimberly Yorio have written three other books together: The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business, The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss without Being a Bitch, and The Girl's Guide to Kicking Your Career into Gear. What inspired you  to write Happy at Work, Happy at Home: The Girl's Guide to Being a Working Mom?

 

The ideas for each of the books came out of our personal experiences, and after we turned in book three we realized that while writing a series of books and running our PR business we were also raising our kids! I have 5-year-old twins and while I love them more than anything, I don't want to stop working to be a stay-at-home mom. I admire people who make this choice, because being a full-time parent is hard. So we wanted this book to help women who love being parents and who love being career women. 

 

Why call your readers "girls" instead of "women"?

 

We love the word girls, we think its a bit lighter and more fun than women. We had a Madonna moment writing the first book where we decided we wanted to reclaim the word "girl" and apply it to fun, focused, passionate, ambitious girls. 

 

What do you think is the biggest difference in the way men and women operate in the work place?

 

Men know how to sell themselves and their accomplishements and women know how to bring together and work in a group. 

  

According to recent research, working mothers earn less than non mothers (and working dads, especially ones with stay-at-home wives, make more than anyone else). Do you think that men are as concerned about juggling career and parenthood, or is this more of a female phenomenon? How can women close this newest gender earnings gap?

 

If I had the answer to that, I would run for office! I would say that women need to sell themselves a big harder in the workplace. Be vocal, share successes, don't be afraid to take on big, high profile projects. And don't apologize for having a personal life. For too long we have felt guilty about having personal responsibilities -- it impacts us asking for raises, projects, and other plumb gigs. Support the women you work with.

 

Is there any overlap between the skills you need to nurture in order to be happy at work and the ones you need in order to be happy at home?

 

Delegating is a big one. You can't possibly do everything. Just because you do it better doesn't mean it should stay on your list!

 

Don't mircromanage. If someone is helping you or taking work off your plate, let them.

 

Be realistic about how much you can accomplish on any given day.

 

Take a little time for youself. You can't give everything away otherwise you will be depleated and then crabby!





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