What a pleasure it’s been to read your survey responses. 115 amazing moms responded – and the collective wisdom of this virtual group is incredible and inspiring. I am so excited to share some of the strategies and findings and to follow up with many of you to learn more about your stories.
I thought your self-assessments of "satisfaction" were particularly interesting.
The most satisfied sub-group within the survey group was women working part-time. 82% of the part-time working respondents rated their satisfaction with their work-life balance to be either a “4” or “5.” My initial assessment is that the most satisfied in this group had managed to do part time work that they truly love and identify with, enabling them to both nurture an important part of themselves and contribute to the family income, while also feeling like they were spending an adequate amount of time with their children. So as not to idealize this group, many also expressed that part time arrangements can also leave them feeling as though they are not giving their all to anything -- though this was pretty common across all groups.
The least satisfied group was women working full-time working moms – 33%. This is not to say that there weren’t some very satisfied people in this group- 33% is a pretty high number. I think it’s great news that so many women feel satisfied no matter what their arrangement is. And I think we all know that this satisfaction is highly dependent on individual personalities and family arrangements. These satisfied working moms have some great strategies and I look forward to sharing them with you. Stay tuned!
I’m interested in your reactions to these initial results – please share them. Have a great weekend, inspiring mamas. I’ll be thinking about all of you and your responses for many weeks to come.
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